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  • “I wonder if Simon will take his coffee-maker and those silly little coffee containers to college with him when he goes,” Sally said. “He doesn’t seem to use them any more.”

    “If he doesn’t take them, I’m getting them off the counter,” George said. “I am going to pile them on his bed along with that huge pile of dirty laundry that he refuses to wash, and anything else he leaves in the living room, kitchen, hall etc.”

    “Not on his bed,” Sally protested, “He’ll need to sleep there when he comes home. He may arrive late after a long drive.”

    “Did he care about us when he left my spatula at the park? Did he think of us when he made a huge party mess while we were away and left it for us to clean? When he chopped my rose bush? When he opened the doors when the bird was out of its cage and I’d asked him not to? When he . . .”

    “Honey, those weren’t done out of meanness. Yes, he was careless and forgetful, but not mean. What you’re suggesting seems mean. You’re an adult. You need to set a good example. Two wrongs never make a right.” Sally paused and repeated, “Two wrongs never make a right.”

    George sometimes thought that the man should always have the last word, even if that last word was, yes dear. But he was too angry and tired to manage it.
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