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Circumstances - a Fantasy

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by Ann Garvald

Circumstances conspire, they say, and it has certainly held true for me. A chain of circumstances, each only slightly related to the others, resulted in me having an unusual but happy childhood, followed by years of confusion and heartache. But I’m getting ahead of myself...

Fourteen years in the professor dodge has taught me that one can argue ingeniously on behalf of any theory, applied to any piece of literature. This is rarely harmful, because normally no-one reads such essays.
-- Robert Parker, quoted in "Murder Ink", ed. D. Wynn