Ender's Game

Chapter 8 question

What does Dink say to Ender about homesickness, and crying, or in any way showing ‘weakness’ in front of the other boys at Battle School? What are all the boys trying to do?

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Dink finds it odd that children are in battle school. He says it isn't normal not to cry or not feel homesick. The boys are all trying to put forth a maturity and "toughness" that is not in their nature. They are trying to act well beyond their chronological ages.