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Francis is married to Judith, but the woman he really loves is Anne. The trouble is, Anne is dead

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This is a story about a man and three women. The man’s name is Francis (nobody ever calls him Frank). The women are Anne, dead, whom he loves; Judith, his wife, whom he also loves but not as he loves Anne; and Marie, Anne’s oldest and closest friend, whom he is very fond of because when they meet, which is not often, he can talk to her about Anne. In addition he has two grown-up daughters, whom he adores and could not bear to lose. They won’t figure much in this story, but they might. We might shift…

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