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"Decay is the key; once you've come to terms with decay not much can disappoint you. Your house will crumble, your friends will die. Nothing remains. Can you think of anything permanent?" She turned on Gloria with a challenging duster.

"Washing up," cried Gloria wildly."There's always washing up to do. No matter how much you manage, there's always more."

Boating for Beginners, by Jeannette Winterson