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Perhaps all most stories could, in theory, inspire the following kinds of clashing reactions, but I like to think that only very special stories are capable of such ambiguity:

Pilon complained, “It is not a good story.  There are too many meanings and too many lessons in it.  Some of those lessons are opposite.  There is not a story to take into your head.  It proves nothing.”

“I like it,” said Pablo.  “I like it because it hasn’t any meaning you can see, and still it does seem to mean something, I can’t tell what.”

from John Steinbeck’s Tortilla Flat.  Special thanks to Mr. Hazard for getting me on this enlightening and enjoyable Steinbeck kick I’ve been on these past few weeks.

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