It is amazing how much children clue in--even when the factual truth is with-held from us.
Will it amaze you to know that I started seeing through them at the age of 8? I started asking questions and was told to hush and pay attention. The questions gnawed at me even if I was asked to be quiet. I can pinpoint it as the beginning on my incredulity. Children are much more perceptive than adults ever give them credit for.
People who claim that they're evil are usually no worse than the rest of us,
it's people who claim that they're good, or anyway better than the rest of us,
that you have to be wary of.
~ Boq the Munchinlander from Wicked,
The Life and Times of Wicked Witch of the West
by Gregory Maguire