Analyze each of the passages below. First, identify the author and the text from which it is taken;
next, describe its importance to that particular text as a whole. Each response should be one short
paragraph. (Each question is worth ten points apiece)

1) It takes a while. You see the tall girl. You go to more doctors. You celebrate Arlenny’s Ph.D.
defense. And then, one June night, you scribble the ex’s name and: The half-life of love is forever.
You bust out a couple more things. Then you put your head down.
2) Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
3) The man who introduced them didn’t much like either of them, though he acted as if he did,
anxious as he was to preserve good relations at all times. One never knew, after all, now did one now
did one now did one.
4) And what if it had been gone altogether? She might have made a fuss, if anybody had come
along to listen to her; she might have bewailed the loss. But mightn’t a feeling of relief have
passed over her, too, of old confusions and obligations wiped away?
5) If a body is what you want,
then here is bone and gristle and flesh.

6) She was one of those pretty and charming girls who are sometimes, as if by a mistake of destiny, born
in a family of clerks. She had no dowry, no expectations, no means of being known, understood, loved,
wedded, by any rich and distinguished man; and she let herself be married to a little clerk at the
Ministry of Public Instruction.
7) How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.

8) I had promised the family to always let him have the last word when arguing, but in this case I had a
different responsibility. That woman lives across the street. She’s my knowledge and my invention.
9) “We’ll help you look for the lost sheep in the morning,” he said, putting his arm around the youth,
“Nobody believes a liar . . . even when he is telling the truth!”
10) What I mustn’t do is give the wrong kind of credence to the apparent fact that, at the age of thirty-six,
I find myself in the position of being unable to easily identify two people who know me well enough to
plausibly and candidly state that I’m a sufficiently O.K. human being for the purpose of living in close
vicinity to others. That would be a superficial and overly catastrophic way of looking at things.

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