"I fell in love with Nordelle who I asked out fifty times before she finally said yes, but by then I didn't really love her anymore. I fell in love with Vivian, a girl who died in a fire. And I fell deeply in love with a few dozen other persons who I never had the guts to tell that I loved. And there you have the story of my teen years. I so wanted to love and be loved. I think that was what most occupied my mind, and chemistry, physics, geometry, world history, and baseball all simply passed the time while I wanted the most elusive thing of all. And there was no course in it at the time."

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