A Hope in the Unseen

by

Ron Suskind

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A Boston-based optometrist, Dr. Korb is Cedric’s patron. He first read about the boy in a Wall Street Journal article and took an interest in him. While they only met once in person before Cedric went off to Brown, Dr. Korb kept in contact through phone calls and letters, and began to send Cedric $200 each month for books and spending money. While at Brown, Cedric spends Thanksgiving with Dr. Korb and his family in Boston, and is treated as the guest of honor, which makes him extremely uncomfortable. To Cedric, this is a strange glimpse into the world that he has suddenly entered upon enrolling at Brown.

Donald Korb Quotes in A Hope in the Unseen

The A Hope in the Unseen quotes below are all either spoken by Donald Korb or refer to Donald Korb. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Broadway Books edition of A Hope in the Unseen published in 1998.
Chapter 10 Quotes

It’s exciting to work with a kid who is so devoid of irony, so unguarded. And also terrifying. While it’s not going to be easy to get him where he needs to be academically, Cedric simply can’t afford to fail. He’s got everything—God, mother, faith—riding on making it. The thought makes her short of breath.

Related Characters: Helaine Schupack (speaker), Cedric Jennings, Donald Korb
Page Number: 242
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Donald Korb Character Timeline in A Hope in the Unseen

The timeline below shows where the character Donald Korb appears in A Hope in the Unseen. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: The Pretender
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...him feel much more comfortable than the two suits that he received from his benefactor Donald Korb , a Boston optometrist. Korb had read about Cedric in the Wall Street Journal and... (full context)
Chapter 8: Fierce Intimacies
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...to lunch with the money left over from his monthly support check of $200 from Dr. Korb , his patron. He goes to Café Paragon, which is packed, giving him a good... (full context)
Chapter 10: A Bursting Heart
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...Her tutoring services cost $40 per hour, but are worth the money as far as Donald Kolb is concerned. Years earlier, she had tutored Kolb’s son, who went on to study at... (full context)
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...will be back in Chicago with his family, while Cedric will be in Boston with Dr. Korb and his family. (full context)
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At Dr. Korb ’s stately Boston home, Cedric is greeted by more than twenty people who are excited... (full context)
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After Dr. Korb makes a toast to their special guest, he then encourages Cedric to call Barbara, who... (full context)
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Cedric feels slightly more comfortable after dinner and in conversation with Dr. Korb , who asks about his issues with Rob, how things are going with his tutor... (full context)
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When it is time to go, Dr. Korb gives Cedric a ride to Cambridge, where he will be visiting some friends from his... (full context)
Chapter 14: Meeting the Man
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...or ask for help. He reminds her that he could have used the money from Dr. Korb , that he wouldn’t have spent that money on CDs, but now he is facing... (full context)
Epilogue
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...Nicole Brown. He works at the admissions office to supplement the money he receives from Dr. Korb —and it is on those lazy days at work that Cedric thinks about his past,... (full context)