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This part of the diary vividly describes the author’s feelings about the Wallace talk show, as well as depicts the unique character of Wallace. Before the show the author is very anxious, cautious and nervous of Wallace. But when he meets him face to face, he is pleasantly suprised to find that Wallace’ feelings towards him are similar. Griffin finds him stumbling for words, which is very reassuring. Wallace is a superb host. He is full of enthusiasm and encouragement, as also commitment. So the author is supercharged and the show comes out excellent - a memorable experience for the author and superb handling by Wallace.
A French TV crew from Paris arrives to do a personal interview of the author at his home. Then his story is circulated all over the world and mail, telegrams and telephone calls pour in with congratulations. But unfortunately the local situation is not the same. The author has no contact with anyone in town and no one has contact with him. The author does not go to the local stores. He learns that just as cafés have a sign outside the door saying that blacks are not allowed, a local café has put a sign, "No Albinos Allowed." This especially disgusts the author’s parents. The congratulatory notes that he has been receiving makes the author feel that maybe he and his family can continue to stay in Mansfield.
This part of the diary continues exposing the repercussions of the publicity that has been made of the author’s experiment. The author receives bouquets from all over the world, but brickbats from the local people. Only some men and women understand that the author is as much for them and their children as for the Negroes. These people are however scared to openly express their opinion. For the overwhelming majority he is an Albino, which, disgusts his parents, while the author fervently hopes he can continue to live in an atmosphere of peace and understanding.
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