Teacher: Ms Nash Student: Lachlan Bright Main Character: Hussein
In this part of the book the teacher asks the new student ; Hussein if there is anything he doesn't like about the school? to which Hussein replies windows , a bit confused the teacher asks why he doesn't like windows and he says 'they can see in here'. Hussein says this because he is afraid of someone from his past that can see in the window which is a developing moment for the character because it reveals a fragment of his shrouded past to the others.
This is another part of the story where Hussein reveals some of his past by giving away that he is a soldier after he is attacked by Bruce with a ruler and is taunted by Bruce. Him saying this tells the others that Hussein has had a hard life and makes Pearl feel very sympathetic towards him
This shows how different Hussein is to the other characters. Pearl see's Hussein at a plant nursery when Hussein see's a tree and says in an awe-inspired way 'It's growing'. Pearl is confused but Hussein, because he used to be a boy soldier and probably in a war-torn country, hasn't seen many living plants and that is why he is so excited by the fact that there is a plant that is growing. This is also a developing moment for Pearl as she stops calling Hussein by his nickname 'The Shah'.
This is a developing moment for both Hussein and Pearl. Pearl took a few days of school after the death of her sister and when she came back none of her friends knew how to talk to her but Hussein did and took her aside and comforted her. Hussein knew how to talk and comfort her because of all the loss he has suffered through his life. Hussein proceeds to become friends with Pearl which is a great moment for Hussein to have his first friend.
In the end of the story, even after the losses some of the characters had suffered Hussein became friends with all of them and Hussein even got a new nickname 'horse'. This is probably one of the greatest moments of Hussein's life which makes it one of the best parts of the story and is the conclusion to Only Ten.