I've been searching for tens of minutes for this quote from the Ender's Game series of books by Orson Scott Card, but can't find it.

The son of the family Ender befriends is mentioned by the elders to be mature. There is a vignette which describes the way the son has a knack with few words to make the elders ashamed with wisdom beyond his years.

Can anyone tell me the quote?

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    "the family Ender befriends" makes me think you can narrow it down to Speaker for the Dead
    – Spencer
    Aug 7, 2022 at 18:40

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I believe you're talking about Libo, Novinha's oldest son, in Speaker for the Dead.

There is an incident when Pipo and Dona Crist were having a discussion, and Dona Crist asked Libo to leave so they could talk in private:

He was gone before she finished her sentence, with a quick nod of his head, a half-smile that said, Yes, I understand, and a deftness of movement that made his exit more eloquent proof of his discretion than if he had argued to stay. By this Pipo knew that Libo was annoyed at being asked to leave; he had a knack for making adults feel vaguely immature by comparison to him.

Is this the incident you had in mind?

  • Yes thanks. Solution accepted. Let me know if this comment is redundant. Aug 7, 2022 at 22:39

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