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"This was the birthday of Carnadine Thompson. She was seven years old. Thereby she left her childhood behind her, and came into the fullness of her powers. This was her own phrase, and her own idea of the importance of the milestone. There were others, mostly adult, who thought that she was a peculiarly backward little girl in some ways, though precocious in others. She received for her birthday four presents: a hollow, white rubber ball, a green plastic frog, a red cap and a little wire puzzle." —R. A. Lafferty
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