The Angle

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In lieu of an abstract, below is the essay's first paragraph.

"Ben, her husband, had his job. He could leave for the day and forget, but Ida had no escape. Ben hardly noticed when Peter's sand castles had changed to rock castles and taken possession of her garden, their steeples pointing an accusing finger at the skies and at her. And although he pointed no fingers, Ben seemed to assume it was her fault, as if she'd humored the boy, because she would not consent to commit him to a State institution."