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rotten fruit. It was not credible that this side of meat had ever walked around under its own power, that intelligence had lit its eyes. “Do you know what plans he’d made for his ... disposition?” the doctor asked. Michael looked at her blankly, and she tried again. “Was there a funeral home?” “Oh,” Michael said. “Ruth will know all that. Whatever she wants to do is fi ne.” “He was an interesting man,” Zeigler said. “I never heard anyone speak so passionately about concrete.” Michael spent the day with Ruth, wading through paperwork: death certifi cates, insurance, the funeral home, one obituary for the Dallas Morning Black & White 221 News, another for the Durham Herald-Sun. She spoke in a monotone, ignored any food or drink he put in front of her, and lost all animation in her face when he wasn’t asking her questions. She’d never been physically aff ectionate, and she rebuff ed his attempts to get her to talk about what she felt. She too, he realized, must have believed in magic, believed this day could be held
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