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Jim and Irene Wescott were the kind of people who seem to strike that satisfactory average of income, endeavor, and respectability that is reached by the statistical reports in college alumni bulletins. They were the parents of two young children, they had been married nine years, they lived on the twelfth floor of an apartment house near Sutton Place, they went to the theater on an average of 10.3 times a year, and they hoped someday to live in Westchester.

It is difficult not to read on when a story begins thus, for the clouds of change have already begun to form over the Wescotts’ routine existence. The above is from John Cheever’s short story, The Enormous Radio, that can be read in full here.

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