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" 'I saw it again,' Elena said.  'The bear.  It was right next to me.' "

Long Island

“No one really knew anything about her. In this pew in the cathedral, and the ones behind and in front, sat people who lived in the town all of their lives. They did not have to explain themselves. Everyone knew who they had married, the names of their children. They did not have different accents which they had used when they met different people. They did not live in a place where their children often tried to speak before they did at a ticket office or in a shop so that their mother’s accent might not become a subject of inquiry. “

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