On the corner before him, thirty yards away, stood a shy, lonely-looking girl of eighteen or nineteen–tired, sweet, hushed, and wonderful. She was waiting for a bus to take her home after work. Even thought he was running, it was impossible for Spangler not to notice the girl’s loneliness–which seemed to him, even tough the was in a hurry, like the loneliness of all things. Not clowning, without any premeditation, swiftly and easily, he reached the girl, paused a moment, and kissed her on the cheek. Before he moved on, he told the girl the only thing it was possible to say to her: “You are the loveliest woman in the world!”

-William Saroyan, The Human Comedy


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