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Chapter 21. In Chapter 21, Cal and Beth decide to take a trip to Dallas to visit her brother. Cal finally figures out that he likes order—it's something specific about his personality that he hadn't realized before. His thoughts turn to his mentor, Arnold, and how hurt he was when Arnold cut him out of his life. Cal recalls Arnold saying that Beth wasn't a sharer—that Cal would end up doing all the sharing, and it seems he was right. That thought spurs another memory of when Beth learned about Ray's affair. She told Cal that she would never stay with him if he did something like that because it would be too humiliating.

Chapter 22. Conrad decides to go watch the first swim meet. In the parking lot afterward, Lazenby and some of the others stop to talk to...

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