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  Nested Classes, Part 1
Subject:   Accessing Protected Members
Date:   2004-05-21 15:42:38
From:   kristianmonsen
Response to: Accessing Protected Members

I understand it so that if the enclosing class can access the variable, than the inner class can as well. Since the enclosing class is a subclass of the class where the variable is declared, it will always be able to access a protected variable.