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Copyright 1970 by Erich Segal
First printed in Great Britain 1970
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For Sylvia Herscher and John Flaxman
. . . namque . . . solebatis
meas esse aliquid putare nuqas
What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died?
That she was beautiful. And brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. And the Beatles. And me.
Once, when she specifically lumped me with those musical types, I asked her what the order was,
and she replied, smiling, 'Alphabetical.' At the time I smiled too. But now I sit and wonder whether
she was listing me by my first name - in which case I would trail Mozart - or by my last name, in
which case I would edge in there between Bach and the Beatles. Either way I don't come first, which
for some stupid reason bothers hell out of me, having grown up with the notion that I always had to
be number one. Family heritage, don't you know?
In the fall of my senior year, I got into the habit of studying at the Radcliffe library. Not just to eye