Two small children about two years old were playing. One grabbed the other's coat by the sleeve. He reacted by slapping at the other child. His mother swatted him on the head and said, Don't hit. It's t nice. Moms must be right, but sometimes they can be very difficult to understand. In An Outcast Life, an eleven-year-old boy becomes very confused by his mother's counsel to just igre being viciously bullied. He is small for his age, shy, and very much a loner. He suffers the bullying for a couple years after begging his parents to intervene. When they won't, he decides to fight back only to find that standing up for himself makes him the bully in everyone else's eyes. In the end, learning to igre it may have been the best advice.