Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words.
("A Tree Grows in Brooklyn")
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She had had the pain; it had been like being boiled alive in scalding oil and not being able to die to get free of it
She was surprised at how tiny the school seemed now. She supposed it was just as big as it had ever been only her eyes had grown used to looking at bigger things.
The world was hers for the reading.
Katie had a fierce desire for survival which made her a fighter. Johnny had a hankering after immortality which made him a useless dreamer. And that was the great difference between these two who loved each other so well.
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