part of the story: So you become a professor and I a professor’s wife, she’d said during one of their quarrels in the past. Don’t you think our dreams are so cheap and pathetic? What could we do? That’s the way our lives turned out. We just have to live with it. They’d clung to one thing for too long to the exclusion of everything else. It dragged them down like leaden weights. Why did they let it happen that way? Why didn’t they stop to ask if there was any alternative? Was it to meet their parents’ expectations, to be ideal parents to their children, or to impress their friends and acquaintances?
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