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She has never remembered, with any clarity, the pain she suffered between her legs or in her limbs—the memory of physical pain is so fleeting; thus women who bear multiple children—but the pain of lies, the pain of insults, of treachery, abandonments, these pains can come back to her, years or decades later, with incredible clarity. And they do, they do, they do! They lunge at her, with no shame about being so old; they have a permanent and exaggerated sense of their own importance.
— Dave Eggers, How the Water Feels to the Fishes (32, There are Different Kinds)
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