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Pulchritude--beauty where you would least suspect it, hidden in a word that looked like it should signify a belch or a skin infection.

("White Teeth")


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Generally, women can't do this, but men retain the ancient ability to leave a family and a past. They just unhook themselves, like removing a fake beard, and skulk discreetly back into society, changed men. Unrecognizable.
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Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and they are two different histories.
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Because immigrants have always been particularly prone to repetition - it's something to do with that experience of moving from West to East or East to West or from island to island. Even when you arrive, you're still going back and forth; your children are going round and round. There's no proper term for it - original sin seems too harsh; maybe original trauma would be better.
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You must live life with the full knowledge that your actions will remain. We are creatures of consequence.
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So there existed fathers who dealt in the present, who didn't drag ancient history around like a ball and chain. So there were men who were not neck-deep and sinking in the quagmire of the past.
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