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Alice Sebold
Perfect World
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Inside the snow globe on my father's desk, there was a penguin
wearing a red-and-white-striped scarf. When I was little my father
would pull me into his lap and reach for the snow globe. He would
turn it over, letting all the snow collect on the top, then quickly
invert it. The two of us watched the snow fall gently around the
penguin. The penguin was alone in there, I thought, and I
worried for him. When I told my father this, he said, "Don't
worry, Susie; he has a nice life. He's trapped in a perfect

(from "The Lovely Bones")

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