The Angle

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

"Turtles are not benevolent creatures, not to me, not anymore, not after that day in our backyard. Now, when someone recalls the tale of the tortoise who won the race, I am certain the turtle cheated. If I happen upon a documentary explaining how a mother turtle lays and buries her eggs in the sand, I secretly hope the tide takes her back to sea before she finishes her task. Turtles scare me, and I have my brother Jim to thank for that fear."

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