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"In the middle of (Dotty's) table was a tremendous lamp, with a painted china base and a pleated dark-red silk shade, held out at an extravagant angle, like a hoop skirt.

I described it to Hugo.  'That is a whorehouse lamp,' I said.  Afterwards I wanted to be congratulated on the accuracy of this description.  I told Hugo he ought to pay more attention to Dotty if he wanted to be a writer.  I told him about her husbands and her womb and her collection of souvenir spoons, and he said I was welcome to look at them all by myself.  He was writing a verse play."

Alice Munro

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