Sylvan (whom you can see here, both before and after the head-shaving) was always the good kid, the son his father wanted him to be.  Finny used to tease him for studying so hard.  Sylvan did everything his parents expected of him, got into Harvard, and was set up for a life of impressing people.  But some of his early sexual and dating experiences changed him, and it became impossible for him to go forward on the path he’d been planning.  He can be stiff and judgmental at times, but underneath it he has a remarkable ability for self-reflection and change.  I admire his openness to his own faults, and also the unwavering love and support he shows for Finny.  But his romantic life is certainly complicated and difficult.

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