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Tobias Wolff is a God among men

I was sitting and re-reading Tobias Wolff short stories the other day, and ran across this little quote, which tore my heart out, twisted my head around and made me totally fall in love with his writing again:

In the solemnity of her attention he heard himself saying things he had said to no one else, confessing hopes so implausible he had barely confessed them to himself. He was often surprised by his own honesty. But he stopped short of telling Mary Ann what was most on his mind, and what he believed she already knew, because of the chance that she didn’t know or wasn’t ready to admit she did. Once he said it, everything would change, for all of them, and he wasn’t prepared to risk this.

Tobias Wolff – “Two Boys and a Girl”

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