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Left to their own devices... The men in her life were as hamsters she'd had as a child. Left too long on a radiator, they cooked. Or, as the one she took, limp, from its shoe-box house; he'd just given up the ghost. It wasn't easy remembering to give them water and rodent feed. Returning from school, their bodies were lumps of clay, as though she'd left them to play with sharp objects. Leslie would say, "Men left to their own devices, were as hamsters she'd had as a child."
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