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old librarian

Back at the library, Smith thinks for a time about Edwin, his life living under her roof. She starts to say how it's been all of these years, then pauses.

"But now," she says, "I couldn't get along without him."

As for the library itself, it's getting along just fine. But Smith knows she won't be there forever.