Discussion in 'The Next Generation' started by LeadHead, Feb 27, 2013.
Data: A perfect score?
BALLARD: Yes, which is why we started her out with the older children. But Lal couldn't understand the nuances of how they related to each other.
Data: I see.
BALLARD: We decided the best thing to do would be to put her with younger children.
DATA: That would seem to be reasonable.
BALLARD: It isn't working out that way. (She shows him the classroom. Lal is standing by the wall while the children are around a table together) The children were afraid of her.
LAL: Father, what is the significance of laughter?
DATA: It is a human physiological response to humor.
LAL: Then judging from their laughter, the children at school found my remarks humorous. So without understanding humour, I have somehow mastered it.
DATA: Deck fifteen. Lal...
LAL: Yes, Father?
Data: The children were not laughing with you, they were laughing at you.
DATA: One is meant kindly, the other is not.
LAL: Why would they wish to be unkind?
DATA: Because you are different. Differences sometimes scare people. I have learned that some of them use humour to hide their fear.
LAL: I do not want to be different.
DATA: Doctor? I require your advice as a successful parent.
CRUSHER: Well, thank you, Data. I'd like to think I was. Well, please sit down. How's Lal?
DATA: Lal is realising she is not the same as other children.
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