This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
An object can access other objects private variables (instance variables) simply by using <object>.<variable>, since private variables/methods of a class are accessible by instantiating the class. However private variables/methods are not accessible to child classes.