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He was butting up against authority figures in the Home and at school, and still delighting in the art of cutting down tall poppies around him. The boys operated within the boundaries of a working-class, anti-academic sentiment that thwarted any aspirations they had. Apart from the talented few, most accepted that they would always be farm workers or labourers. ’ David saw it differently. ’ Nothing in his early years had taught him to think otherwise, and at Wairarapa College he was reminded of his lowly position with jarring regularity.
He signed his name at the top of his leaving certificate exam paper and left without answering any of the exam questions. At the same time he let go of his childhood dream of becoming a professional soccer player. He had shown some talent in this area. ’ He made it as far as South Canterbury senior regional team, but no further. With school behind him he busied himself with work, quickly passing through jobs at a hardware firm called England McRae Ltd, the local telephone exchange and a sports store called Hendersons.
In long conversations with his roommate, Bruce Fuller sensed David’s nervousness about making a commitment to one girl. In recent weeks, David had backed off a little in his relationship with Carol and had even escorted other girls to the movies. Bruce took it upon himself to hurry the process along. One Saturday he phoned Carol and asked her to see a movie with him. ‘Bruce, I like you very much, but I don’t think so,’ she replied politely. ‘Carol, I know that David will be going to the Civic with someone else this evening so why don’t you come with me and show him you don’t care?