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“What’re you going to do with that big box you brought home?” Sophie asked her brother. Rachel watched Harry warm his face in the steam rising from his bowl of stew. “Something important,” Harry informed them. “Like what?” Sophie inquired. Harry didn’t respond, and only Rachel noticed him suppress a smile. Rachel washed the dinner dishes while the children did homework. They later regrouped to watch a new TV quiz show. She wasn’t sure why Harry bothered, since most of the questions were beyond his ken. But she liked that he liked it: the quiz show, The Addams Family, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. were shows they enjoyed watching together. Rachel lit another Salem and listened to a geography teacher from Iowa dispatch a series of questions on teaproducing nations. Her nails shone with the same hue as the maraschino cherry in the bottom of her second Rob Roy. She noticed the polish was chipped. During a commercial, she shed her work clothes — skirt, sweater, girdle and nylons. Usually she allowed herself the sloth of donning an old bathrobe, but too many evenings of that depressed her. She fought the urge toward comfort and instead chose a pair of marine-blue satin pajamas and


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