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Becca and the Sneaky Violinist: Part 8

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“You have read The Phantom of the Opera?” I asked Ben in surprise. “Becca read it to me when I was five. It is rather ridiculous and makes me think of that quote from Northanger Abbey:

Remember the country and age in which we live. Remember that we are English, that we are Christians.

Consult your own understanding, your own sense of the probable, your own observation of what is passing around you—Does our education prepare us for such atrocities? Do our laws connive them? Could they be perpetuated without being known, in a country like this, where social and literary intercourse is on such a footing; where every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies and where roads and newspapers lay everything open?

“Your point?” I questioned. “The Phantom of the Opera is utterly impossible,” Ben answered. “So why is it so popular?” I asked. “People delight in the paranormal and will even take the semi-paranormal,” Ben declared. “You are an amazing kid, Ben,” I stated. “Thanks, but I am merely quirky and anachronistic,” Ben said with a grin as he looked at me with shining eyes from under his green cap. “By the way, how old were you when Becca read you Northanger Abbey?” I queried. “Oh, it was later on, after she read me Jane Austen’s other four finished novels, I was four-and-a-half. It was a case of Austen-indoctrination,” Ben said. “Are you ninety?” I asked Ben. “No, I’m eight and three quarters. I will be nine in March,” Ben replied, and I rose as it was time for me to return to the stage.

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