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John Irving

“When he and Wally stopped laughing, Homer said, ‘I’ve never seen the ocean, you know.’
‘Candy, did you hear that?’ Wally asked, but Candy had released herself with her brief laughter and she was sound asleep. ‘You’ve never seen the ocean?’ Wally asked Homer.
‘That’s right,’ said Homer Wells.
‘That’s not funny,’ said Wally seriously.
‘Right,’ Homer said.
A little later, Wally said, ‘You want to drive for a while?’
‘I don’t know how to drive,’ Homer said.
‘Really?’ Wally asked. And later still – it was almost midnight – Wally asked, ‘Uh, have you ever been with a girl – made love to one, you know?’ But Homer Wells had also felt released: he had laughed out loud with his new friends. The young but veteran insomniac had fallen asleep. Would Wally have been surprised to know that Homer hadn’t laughed out loud with friends before, either?”

John Irving, The Cider House Rules
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