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Afterwards, Laura took to reading the foreign news pages in the papers, not so much because she expected to find anything about him, as because she hoped that she might find out what it was like there, where Alec was now. She liked to imagine him in Johannesberg, face tanned and hair bleached by the South African sun, proving that he was, as she had always known herself, a good man. The pain subsided, in time, and she and Fred had another baby, but she kept a picture of Alec in her heart, very small and bright and far away.