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retrieved the discarded answer slip and read: “Some day someone will love you as much as you think your mom hates you.” Maybe Harry was more intact than she thought. But still … She tucked the answer into her apron, and climbed upstairs. A letter arrived from the attorney stating the divorce would be final on October 31st. Good, she thought; I’ll be rid of my ghoul on an appropriate day. Huntley and Brinkley announced an increase in the number of troops being sent to Vietnam. Autumn displayed a fierce élan, reluctant to yield its burnished passions to winter. The wind swirled leaves, and Rachel swirled, too, through her sales job, housework, cocktails, Salems, Andrea and Sophie’s Beatle worship, and Harry’s Answer Box sessions. For Halloween Sophie wanted to be a jungle explorer. Simple enough, thought Rachel. I’ve got a pith helmet in an old prop box. Andrea declared herself too mature for trick-or-treating, and would, instead, stay overnight at a friend’s house. Rachel accepted this stepping stone without comment. Harry couldn’t decide on a costume; nothing pleased him. On Saturday as Rachel washed the kitchen floor in her usual way — a bucket of Spic ’n’ Span, a wet towel under each foot, dancing to Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” — Harry asked her for advice. It was the kind of question a


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