The structure of this chapter is twofold. The power of "stories lives tell" (Witherell and Noddings 1991) cannot be underestimated, and first I will present an excerpt from the semiautobiographical short story written by a Russian-Jewish émigré to Israel, Julia Schmookler. In 1975 the Russian-language edition appeared in print in Israel, and I took the liberty of translating a part of it into English for the purpose of inclusion in this chapter. Second, I will focus on the notion of percept as described by Gilles Deleuze and will connect it with Dewey's account of a qualitative whole. Percept, which has been related by Deleuze to Spinoza-type singularity, allows a lesson in becoming, specifically, as Deleuze called it, becoming-child. I will conclude by suggesting that if, as Dewey said, spirit informs, then a little girl - the story's protagonist - has received, without any direct or explicit instruction, a lesson of vital education that is, according to Deleuze, an immanent mode of existence, and one "created vitally ... through the forces it is able to harness" (Deleuze 1997: 135).
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