It was extraordinary, he thought, how much he had changed in that time, and how little things had changed in this place where he had grown up.
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All the hair on Fin’s neck and arms stood on end, and he felt fear slip over him like a glove, holding him in its grasp.
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Salvation was in their own hands, he would tell them week in and week out, if only they would put themselves in the hands of the Lord.
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“I can’t tell when the record’s lying. With people, usually I can.”
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Flounced out in a right tid, according to her pals.
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It may be a tradition, but it just isn’t right in a civilized country in the twenty-first century.”
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And overhead the gulls wheeled endlessly, scraps of white against a clear blue sky, catching the last flashes of sunlight and calling plaintively to the gods.
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“Have you any idea how long it takes a fish to die, starved of oxygen, literally suffocating, when a trawler hauls its nets on board?”

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