CHAPTER 9

ARE YOU TALKINGTO ME?

“There’s not a day goes by I don’t feel regret. Not because I’m in here, or because you think I should. I look back on the way I was then, a young stupid kid who committed that terrible crime. I want to talk to him. I want to try and talk some sense to him, tell him the way things are. But I can’t. That kid’s long gone and this old man is all that’s left. I got to live with that.”

—RED (SPEAKING TO PAROLE BOARD AT THEPRISON WHERE HE SERVED A FORTY-YEARSENTENCE), SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

My wife once had a several-months-long conversation with herself about a bowl. She owns an art gallery on a street known for fine antiques ...

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