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8 Photograph, 1952 The father springs from the 5:15 bus every night, happy to be home, happy to eat his supper, to read his paper, to tell his girls Mother knows best, happy to drink his ice water. (Gin.) The smiling daughter shudders, puzzled, recalling her mother’s talk: This is how it happens, her mother said, drawing a circle on a small square of paper damp from the porcelain drainboard. This is the egg. Then drawing a small dot, This is the sperm . . . the sperm has to get inside the egg . . . The paper was thrown away. They walked outside to have their picture taken. The girl hides her confusion, her embarrassment. In the photograph, the mother has a stunned look on her face, as if seeing herself before the cry, before the threatened blow. She sleeps alone. What will people think? It is her fault. Of course. It is all her fault. Young_FinalTextRev.indb 8 7/22/19 1:00 PM ...

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ISBN
9780813177854
Related ISBN
9780813177847
MARC Record
OCLC
1110689205
Pages
72
Launched on MUSE
2019-08-15
Language
English
Open Access
No
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