To Own a Dragon: Reflections on Growing up Without a Father - Chapter 11, Integrity Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 11, Integrity Summary and Analysis

Miller learns a valuable lesson in the MacMurray household: always tell the truth. In one instance, Miller fails to tell the truth to a salesman about his broken cell phone. As a result, he receives a newer model at no cost.

When John MacMurray learns of this, he references a movie in which a woman fails to return incorrect change for her purchase. The clerk at the gas station observes that the woman sells her character for nine dollars. Sin, MacMurray explains, calluses one's heart. Over time, one fails to feel guilt for wrongdoing. The process begins with only the littlest of lies and half-truths.

After this conversation, Miller watches an old interview with Richard Nixon, taped just after Watergate. Miller notices that the president looks innocent, despite all evidence to the contrary. He seems to epitomize MacMurray's assertion...

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