Albert: (to Miss Plum) My Pa and I are leaving today. I just wanted to say that I'm sorry for what I did. (turns to class) There's something else I wanted to say, also. I acted that way because of a drug--a drug called morphine. I started taking it to be "one of the boys." I thought I was really grown-up. Well, don't let anybody fool you. Drugs aren't grown-up. Nothing that makes you lie, and steal, and hurt your family is grown-up. I could have died from it. I was lucky, I got another chance. A lot of people aren't as lucky. All I'm saying is, don't be dumb. Don't throw your life away just to be like somebody else. You're better off just being you.