We don’t know each other very well, Nick, she said suddenly. Even if we are cousins. You didn’t come to my wedding. That’s true. She hesitated. Well, I’ve had a very bad time, Nick, and I’m pretty cynical about everything. Evidently she had reason to be. I waited but she didn’t say any more, and after a moment I returned rather feebly to the Maleficent Villain Friends shirt subject of her daughter. Oh, yes. She looked at me absently. Listen, Nick; let me tell you what I said when she was born. Would you like to hear? It’ll show you how I’ve gotten to feel about — things. Well, she was less than an hour old and Tom was God
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