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You know what a miracle is. Not what Bakunin said. But another world's intrusion into this one. Most of the time we coexist peacefully, but when we do touch there's cataclysm.
One summer afternoon Mrs Oedipa Maas came home from a Tupperware party whose hostess had put perhaps too much kirsch in the fondue to find that she, Oedipa, had been named executor, or she supposed executrix, of the estate of one Pierce Inverarity, a California real estate mogul who had once lost two million dollars in his spare time but still had assets numerous and tangled enough to make the job of sorting it all out more than honorary.
She thought of a sunrise over the library slope at Cornell University that nobody out on it had seen because the slope faces west.
You know what a miracle is... another world's intrusion into this one.
A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.
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I went in with Jack and Leslie, into this room that was lined with brick, and there on the side I can remember very clearly was this small model with plates for the bases - the original model with everything screwed together.
We are wiser than we know.
Ralph Waldo Emerson