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The Incident

Smiling and polite, 
her voice, childlike, 
gray hair, blue eyes, 
animated and happy. 

Appearing harmless, 
someone's grandma, 
kind and generous
with laughter and jokes about

the food: "I would not
feed this to my
dogs.  It's the most
horrible food I've eaten." 

Never admitting
to her constant
battle against
the neighbors, and the voices

she converses with
when she's alone. 
The incident
with the authorities and health

department: her home
full of vermin, 
excrement, knee-
deep in trash, the cupboard bare. 

"I am all right," she 
says.  "Terrorists
are trying to
frame me."  She seems so convinced.

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