Freundian Slip

I read Nickel Mountain a while back, but I’ve been chewing on this passage of late:

“For perhaps it was true that Willard Freund had everything it took to be a driver. (Henry was not convinced of it, though even to himself he’d never pinned down his doubt with words; he knew only that the boy had a certain kind of nerve and a hunger to win and the notion–a notion that everyone on earth has, perhaps, at least for a while–that he was born unique, set apart from the rest) but even if it was true he had what it took, there was no guarantee that he would keep it.” Nickel Mountain (p. 14), John Gardner

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