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Can't and Won't - Section Two: How I Know What I Was Like (Six Versions), Handel, The Force of the Subliminal,Her Geography: Alabama Summary & Analysis

Lydia Davis
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How I Know What I Was Like (Six Versions)

This interior monologue is written six different ways, each one more complex than the next. The gist of the entire scene is that the narrator sees something that she thinks she might like, but offers it to her friend, who has much the same tastes as the narrator. The friend says it is good and the narrator reasons that since her friend likes it, she may also like it.

Handel

The story, itself, seems rather innocuous. A husband and wife are at a crossroads. He likes Handel and she does not. She’s tried to like it, and she knows lots of other couples that seem to enjoy Handel and go to great lengths to experience...

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