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Weigh the Anchor without Rancor

The only person who behaves sensibly is my tailor. He takes my measures anew every time he sees me. All the rest go on with their old measurements.

—George Bernard Shaw

I had an inkling of what was going on in Phil’s mind. He had a refined sense of fair play and justice. He could not condone his decision to drive the car with some alcohol in his system, and he was punishing himself. I called him in the morning.

“Phil, you okay?”

“I talked to Shawn Douglas last night,” he answered. “I want him to put a note about the traffic accident in my official file. My insurance will pay all the medical costs. I have also asked Shawn to withdraw twenty-thousand dollars from my pension fund for Mary Ellen. I don’t think I ...

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