Mr. Hooft is a resident at Evergreen whom Reese meets on one of his early days at the facility. While Mr. Hooft seems curious about the young man who comes to clean his room, he is also very blunt with Reese. He is a Dutch-American who grew up in a Japanese prison camp in occupied Java. Mr. Hooft does not have much sympathy for others and does not understand the poor choices Reese has made. However, as Mr. Hooft continues to challenge Reese about who he is and who he wants to be, he grows fond of the teen and has the opportunity to befriend Reese and to rid himself of some of his prejudiced tendencies. In the end, when Mr. Hooft passes away, Reese is the only one whom Mr. Hooft values enough to bequeath his cherished silver soap dish to...
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