Peter Swanson

Before She Knew Him: A Novel

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    The problem was that she didn’t want to work on the marriage. Ever since she’d discovered what he’d done, a part of her knew, down deep, that they were over.
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    it was what his office represented now, with its books and talismans. It was a separate world.
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    He wasn’t sure, of course, that he was cheating, but it was a definite possibility. He was a man, after all, and that’s what men did.
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    I take a living, breathing person, and I subtract him from the earth. When I’m done with him, he is entirely changed—the most changed a person can be—and that’s a monumental thing.
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    Just because you don’t fuck these women you become friends with doesn’t mean you’re faithful.
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    “People are defined by their actions. What they do is who they are.”
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    Matthew remembered looking across the table at Lloyd and imagining how he’d look with plastic wrap across his face.
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    She had a morbid curiosity. He was offering her so much. He was offering himself to her.
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    She’s more of a challenge, a girl like that, someone who doesn’t put herself out there. Someone who doesn’t think anyone is looking.
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    He tried to separate the two events, to acknowledge that it was possible to do something both divine and reckless at the same time.
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    Her face was the face of a witness, observing what was happening to her. Not living it, but watching it.
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    He also doubted that she would stop interfering with his business. It gave him a perverse thrill that he couldn’t quite understand.
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    “Strangers are just friends we haven’t met yet, you know that, Matthew,”
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    If you gave a man just the smallest amount of power—a handsome face, the ability to sing, a little money—the first thing he’d do is destroy a woman, or two if he could.
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    His father had very slowly shredded his mother’s self-worth and confidence, reducing her to something that was only vaguely human.
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    People are defined by their actions. What they do is who they are.”
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