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This chapter is among the most special in its evocation of that highly keyed Covid nostalgia. JK vividly recalls his & Isabelle's almost imaginary friendship with another couple who joins in the nightly applause of the efforts of the indispensable medical staff across Paris. But they can barely make out the details of the friends through the intervening streets that separate them and they can only shout at each other. And yet JK finds they have considerable emotion invested in the fleeting association. What a perfect Covid trope!

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