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I had always known that there was something wrong with Stanley. Something in my gut told me so. I thought he looked terribly lonely. He didn’t have any good friends amongst the other men at the office and I never saw him receiving any visitors. It was his awkward uncertainty that had drawn my attention to him at first; the way he hid shyly behind technical jargon and his fancy silk ties. I liked the nice suits and the lovely ties in their dark shades of blue, green, red and grey. He always looked neat. Every tuft of hair aligned on his square head, straight lines running down the arms of his shirt and standing out when he peeled off his jacket on a hot afternoon or when the air conditioning broke down as it often did, his ties always sitting right in the middle of his neck beneath his huge...
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