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This story presents a nonnormative challenge to conventional ideas about teacher-student love and, more broadly, to norms of sex and age in relationships. Having desired but failed to have an affair with any of his professors, the narrator goes to teach philosophy in Triangle City, where he has heard that student-teacher love is quite fashionable. There he indeed finds that the dialectics of vanguard and reactionary, corrupt and vital drive such love. But as opposed to the conventional idea that teachers seduce students, here we find a sly student seducing the narrator and then, after dumping him, revealing their encounter to other students. The narrator is tormented and periodically experiences attacks of constipation. One year later, this same student begs forgiveness and enters once again into the narrator’s heart, with the proviso that the student always call him teacher when they make love.

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