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He knew her so well


They were sorry, they were 
saying with their bodies, they were 
accepting each other back,
and that feeling, that feeling
of being accepted back

again and again, of someone’s
affection for you expanding
to encompass whatever
new flawed thing had just mani-
fested in you, that was

the deepest, dearest thing he’d ever—



— relineated prose, excerpt from “Tenth of December” by George Saunders