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    “Do you wear a lot of blue?” she asks. Cindy, her name tag says.

    She hands Patrick a pair of dark gray wire-frame glasses which he slides on until they hook behind his ears. And it’s not like—well everyone who knows him knows he likes blue. But he feels a little unsettled that this stranger picks up on it, like at she can see his whole life contained within the frames around his eyes.

    “Uh, yeah. I guess so,” Patrick says, taking them off again. This pair, like all the others she has given him, is exactly right and completely wrong.

    Or, Patrick gets glasses and thinks about identity. David helps.

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    John Bender gets a life.

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    He could have gone on indefinitely like that, except that one afternoon when he'd staggered out of the station and was headed for a bar, he ran into his old man, coming down to cash his workman's comp check and drink the proceeds.

    That really woke him up. Because the name of the game was that John had to win. If he quit school because it was for losers, and moved out of the family home because it was for losers, then he was the most pathetic thing in the world if he ended up an even bigger loser than the old man.

    He wasn't a drunk; he wasn't a retard; he hadn't knocked anybody up that he knew of. It stood to reason he could succeed where the old man had failed.

    So he went down to Shermer Import Auto Service, and Roy Wysocki gave him a coverall and an advance to pay his security deposit.