Dedication and toil in a person without talent is a thing entirely pathetic. Another humpbacked basketball star. Still more wheelchair rugby. Casanova with a gumdrop in his trousers.
The shopkeeper’s son isn’t quite retarded – though it’s clear he’ll never live away from home. He tells everyone he’s going to be a doctor.
“A doctor is a fine profession!” coo the customers. His mother (what a fine long-suffering woman!) has even given him a toy stethoscope.
He sits beside the door with it and greets everyone who enters. “Hello, doctor!” say the customers. They are pleased his mother has found a place for him. It’s not as if he can count change.