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Yet it was another thing to grow to become indispensable to someone without whose infirmities the helper could not exist. People in general had started to call that helpless requiring “codependency,” but to Althea that word did no good,

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I have one advantage, though: I am a woman, not a fool.

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There are no atheists or agnostics in our family.

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We deny one another, here,/ as long as it’s plausible.

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