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Exercise #240

Exercise #240: Scene
Posted 11/30/07

Today's exercise comes from John Boylan.

It is early November in the temperate zone. Sam gazes out of a window of his house to enjoy the fleeting colors of nature on a beautiful day. As expected, Sam sees that the leaves are dropping, swiftly, like rain or in a Cassandra-like mimic of the soon-to-come snow.

Sam looks across the way to his neighbor’s house. It is the neatest house in the neighborhood: meticulously kept-up; not a weed in sight; not a blade of grass where it shouldn’t be.

Sam sees his neighbor there. Cecilia is a tall, regal-appearing, mature person, perhaps in her early fifties, dressed, as always, in fashionable clothes fit for a cocktail party, or perhaps a symphony concert. She is a former Rhodes Scholar, has an Oxford Ph.D. and is married to a professor of macrobiotics at the university. She is on her front lawn, bending over and picking up, one by one, each and every leaf that has fallen.

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