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Sunday, October 29, 2006

A thoughtful question

PLAINVILLE

Diane Marie Patenaude of Plainville offered this item to the Boston Globe Magazine's "Tales from the City" department.

A couple of years ago, I boarded a trolley at the Cleveland Circle Green Line. A few stops later, a mother and daughter got aboard and sat down in front of me. The little girl appeared to be about 3 years old, and I soon gathered that this was her first trolley ride.

When the car left the St. Mary's Street Station and entered the subway tunnel, the mother announced enthusiastically, "And now, we are going under the ground!" As we passed through the long, dark passage, the girl looked intently out the window for almost a minute before turning to ask, "But, Mommy, where are all the dead people?"

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