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I like how Strout effectively “shows” Angela’s state of being by stating, “The green numbers by the bank said minus three degrees, but she didn’t feel cold. Her mascara was frozen, though.” (58) Here we see that Angela doesn’t feel cold because she is numb from the alcohol. Another reason why she always has alcohol on her breath and refuses to take her twenty minute breaks is because she is always nervous to start playing the piano, so she doesn’t want to stop until her shift ends.

I also like Angela’s train of thought, and how she mentions Malcolm calling Walter “pathetic” and thinking to herself how people might see Malcolm’s and her affair pathetic.

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