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“What can I do?” she asks.
“Well, I can’t do anything about what I’m assuming is a lifetime of culturally ingrained superstitions. But I have to be able to do something to make you less tense around me.”
Which makes it so much worse, of course. The way she treats it as something that is her fault and therefore something she should do something about. Instead of reminding him witches aren't real and he really needs to grow the hell up.