I am kind of a paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.

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Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.

And I don’t just mention it, for God’s sake, to show you I was once an Emotional Young Person Just Like Yourself.

The handpiece lay detached from its catch, waiting for Franny. It looked almost as dependent as a human being for some acknowledgment of its existence.

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She was a girl who for a ringing phone dropped exactly nothing. She looked as if her phone had been ringing continually ever since she reached puberty.

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