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He Had Known Her and Not Known Her – Snow Falling on Cedars – David Guterson 

November 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Love

He had known her for six years and he had not known her. The detached part of her, the part she kept to herself, had begun to interest him deeply. It made him unhappy when he thought about her lately, and he had passed a lot of time, all spring long, mulling how to tell her about his unhappiness. He’d sat on top of the bluff at South Beach thinking about it in the afternoons. He’d thought about it during school. His thoughts, however, yielded no clue as to how to talk to Hatsue. Words evaded him completely. He felt in her presence that to reveal himself would be a mistake he might never correct. She was closed up and offered him no opening for talk, though for years now they had walked from the school bus together, met on the beach and in the woods to play, picked berries on the same nearby farms.

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