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MUDDY greens and a dry. dispassionate beige were the only colon in the small, rectangular living room. The furniture's square lines were arranged along the outer edges or the room. 1 lie dark green carpet and drab curtains stifled the street noises that were trying in vain to permeate (he house. In (he center ol the floor a small boy lay on his stomach, alone, playing quietly with coat hangers that he had bent into doll-shapes. Now and then he stopped to listen to his father raging in the kitchen. Although he could not hear his mother's feeble answers, he knew she was there...

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