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to him. Ruth would never forget her fi rst sight of Dallas. The moving company had already brought all their furniture and belongings and put them in storage. The movers had also towed Robert’s car behind the van, so he and Ruth could make the drive together in her Buick. They’d done it in just over two days, much of it over stretches of Interstate 40 in Tennessee and Arkansas, and then on I-30 from Little Rock into Dallas. Ruth was at the wheel, and Robert was dozing with his car coat folded up between his head and the bitter chill outside the window. Michael was stretched out on the back seat, wrapped entirely in blankets except for his 308 lewis shiner head. They’d gotten up at dawn to make this last leg, and it was still early morning, the sun low in the sky behind them. They topped a low rise and suddenly the city was before her, stretching further than her eyes could see, fading fi nally at the horizon. They had just passed between the gigantic columns of an overpass, and it seemed to her that the city was a gift to Robert, tied
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