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Isaac Pollan 9.16.11 Our American Cousin AL:  The date was April 14, 1865. The tepid winter had come and gone, and as signs of spring began to permeate the dismal gray of the United States Capital, so did another  heat: something fresh. A great belching furnace of new hope had been stoked, and as  each day crept closer to the birth of the first tulips, I felt an incredible ardor swell around, and inside me. Just five days earlier, General Lee had surrendered himself and his army at the  Appomattox Courthouse. The war was won. It was, perhaps, the most significant period  of time since the founding of this great nation and I was honored to be a part of it; one  small cog in that gigantic roaring machine. Small but, as Mary always told me, essential.  Now, all the pieces had fallen into place and easy breaths could finally be taken. Deep  breaths, that drew in every effervescent particle hanging in the morning mist; every grain  of salt caught in the evening breeze; they would buzz as they entered your capillaries.  Then forceful exhalations would expel them back into the world with an even greater  force. Hope spread like wildfire. On one particularly fine day in April it seemed only fitting that Mary, my wife,  would join me in attending   Laura Keene’s  Our American Cousin  in the Ford Theater. It  had been longer than I cared to count since I’d taken time to appreciate the art of  anything besides war and negotiation. If there’s no time for enjoying the fleeting 
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moments of peace, are wars even worth waging? At least that’s how I justified my day 
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