“I leave my apartment at five to help the herpetologist with his morning feedings. So this is what it feels like, I think, to be out at dawn, meeting the world head on. Salt trucks are rumbling by, preparing the icy streets for the coming day. The sky is a color I’ve never seen before. It is as if a corner of the city’s grey overcoat has blown back to reveal an orange satin lining.”All of which is terrific. She begins to believe she loves the old professor but he knows she doesn’t. When the story begins she’s very vulnerable and at the end it isn’t clear to me that she’s moved much beyond that, and I wanted to see more movement. She needs to shed her skin, like the python in the professor's lab, but will she?
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