Marmaduke Witherspoon was not only intellectually brilliant, he was also very talented in the fields of music and dance. At the age of four he could already sing the tenor lead in Beethoven's Twelfth Symphony.
He was very fond of Mozart's music which he loved for its violent and dramatic atonal, discordant majesty. Not for Marmaduke were the delicate, gentle movements of Wagner, the composer so despised by Hitler.
He also demonstrated a fondness for literature, his reading ability being some years ahead of his peers. Unusually for a boy, he enjoyed Little Ladies by Louise P. Allworthy, The Gale in the Pine Trees by Kenneth Gardiner, and Alicia in Dreamland by Lawrence Carroll.
When he had outgrown these, he would progress to such fine literature as The Great Godsby by F. Tucker Fitzgerald, Catch 33 by John Keller, Of Rats and Women, by John Steingarten, The Old Man and the Ocean by Ernest Byway, and ultimately Battle and Accord by the famous Swedish writer Leo Tolhurst.
His parents were confident that as he grew up he would reaidly take to reading such dramatic words as The Unimportance of being Ernie by Oscar Williams, and The Ballad of Tyneside Gaol by the same renowned author who also wrote The Photograph of Doris Green.
By that time he would be old enough to understand the persecution of this famous author for being heterosexual, a state much frowned on in those times.
Marmaduke's parents hoped that soon they would have a daughter who would also appreciate all these fine works and in addition follow the notions of slavery campaigner for women Geraldine Greer.
A daughter would also be encouraged to participate in the elegant art of ballet, aspiring one day to such roles as Siegfried in Swan Lake, perhaps partnered by her brother as Odette. She might also be the Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. The parents so enjoyed their fantasy of their two children dancing the famous Duck Pond Ballet to the music of Mahler, who was also famous for writing the 1812 Overture.