At the beginning of the novel, the young Gene stands unconcerned, self-absorbed, by the tree that will test his true nature. By the end, Gene has suffered and inflicted suffering, and he has grown into an understanding of his own dark motives. He has lost his innocence and has gained experience. In Devon, obedient to the rules, approved by the masters, Gene is safe, but he cannot grow.
For example, he refers to Apuleius as "the most notorious of us Africans,"   to Ponticianus as "a country man of ours, insofar as being African,"   and to Faustus of Mileve as "an African Gentleman ". Augustine's family had been Roman, from a legal standpoint, for at least a century when he was born.
There he became familiar with Latin literatureas well as pagan beliefs and practices. He tells this story in his autobiography, The Confessions. He remembers that he did not steal the fruit because he was hungry, but because "it was not permitted. I loved my own error—not that for which I erred, but the error itself.
At the age of 17, through the generosity of his fellow citizen Romanianus,  Augustine went to Carthage to continue his education in rhetoric. It was while he was a student in Carthage that he read Cicero 's dialogue Hortensius now lostwhich he described as leaving a lasting impression and sparking his interest in philosophy.
The need to gain their acceptance forced inexperienced boys like Augustine to seek or make up stories about sexual experiences. Though his mother wanted him to marry a person of his class, the woman remained his lover  for over fifteen years  and gave birth to his son Adeodatus b.
InAugustine ended his relationship with his lover in order to prepare himself to marry a ten-year-old heiress. He had to wait for two years because the legal age of marriage for women was twelve. By the time he was able to marry her, however, he instead decided to become a celibate priest.
By the time he realized that he needed to know Greek, it was too late; and although he acquired a smattering of the language, he was never eloquent with it. However, his mastery of Latin was another matter.
He became an expert both in the eloquent use of the language and in the use of clever arguments to make his points. The following year he moved to Carthage to conduct a school of rhetoric and would remain there for the next nine years.
However, Augustine was disappointed with the apathetic reception. It was the custom for students to pay their fees to the professor on the last day of the term, and many students attended faithfully all term, and then did not pay. Manichaean friends introduced him to the prefect of the City of Rome, Symmachuswho while traveling through Carthage had been asked by the imperial court at Milan  to provide a rhetoric professor.
Augustine won the job and headed north to take his position in Milan in late Thirty years old, he had won the most visible academic position in the Latin world at a time when such posts gave ready access to political careers.
Although Augustine showed some fervour for Manichaeism, he was never an initiate or "elect", but an "auditor", the lowest level in the sect's hierarchy.
Because of his education, Augustine had great rhetorical prowess and was very knowledgeable of the philosophies behind many faiths. Like Augustine, Ambrose was a master of rhetoric, but older and more experienced. Augustine arrived in Milan and was immediately taken under the wing by Ambrose.
Within his Confessions, Augustine states, "That man of God received me as a father would, and welcomed my coming as a good bishop should. More interested in his speaking skills than the topic of speech, Augustine quickly discovered that Ambrose was a spectacular orator.
Eventually, Augustine says that he was spiritually led into the faith of Christianity. Although Augustine accepted this marriage, for which he had to abandon his concubine, he was deeply hurt by the loss of his lover.
He wrote, "My mistress being torn from my side as an impediment to my marriage, my heart, which clave to her, was racked, and wounded, and bleeding.
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