Saint or Asshole, Hero or Bitch

From Louise Penny’s The Brutal Telling (2009):

“‘I don’t think it’s as easy as it looks. … I tried it last night, too. Hit a cantaloupe with a hammer.’

“Now he had her full attention. Not only because she wanted to know what happened, but because anyone who’d get up at two in the morning to smack a melon in the dark deserved attention….

“‘The first time I just grazed it. Had to hit it a few times before  I got it right. Pretty messy.’

“Morin wondered, briefly, what his girlfriend would think when she got up and noticed the fruit with holes smashed in it. He’d left a note, but wasn’t sure that helped.”

I did this, he’d written. Experimenting.

He perhaps should have been more explicit.”

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“‘Thanks, but I really am Fucked Up, Insecure, Neurotic and Egotistical.”

“‘Well, as long as you’re fine.'” [FINE]

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“‘He’s a saint. …

“‘What do you mean?’

“‘They’re some people who believe that.’

“‘Seemed like an asshole to me.’

“‘The hardest part of the process. Telling them apart.'”

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“Finally Myrna spoke. She leaned forward and took Clara’s hand.

“‘What you did was natural.’

“‘Really? Because it feels like shit.’

“‘Well, most of your life is shit,’ said Myrna, nodding her head sagely. ‘So it would feel natural.'”

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“Was she being willful? Obstinate? Or was she standing up for what she believed in? Was she a hero or a bitch? Strange how often it was hard to tell.”

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