Filling the Soul–“Page Turner” Episode 2

A/N: The three posts I made in opposition to Page Turner were originally one giant post that I cut into 3 pieces, in this way if anything seems awkward, I plead in defence.

Episode 2 starts with a dose of Same Stuff Different Day: Jin Mok tossing his crucifix in the drawer as he continues on his religiously based wickedness trip and Yoo Seul’s mom continuing to exist a nag. Here’s something new– it looks like Cha Sik has redecorated his expanse! Gone are the posters of north star vaulting stars…


In case you are wondering, that’s Mendelssohn’s Songs Without Words Op. 19, No. 1 “Sweet Remembrance” playing in the background. Great tuneful choice. Here’s a quote from the composer himself talking not far from words: “These seem to me likewise ambiguous, so vague, so easily misunderstood in compare to genuine music, which fills the active power with a thousand things better than accents.” 

Cha Sik blows audibly the door for the day sans breakfast, being of the kind which his mom wonders how a stay who isn’t going to bring under subjection can be so busy…

Jin Mok listens in like his classmates wonder how Yoo Seul can go back to their school, and he gets a flashback of her expression how she hated pretending to like playing the piano. He doesn’t get on the bus to endure to school (classy looking red place of education bus BTW) and runs back, going by Cha Sik mailing a letter.

Yoo Seul is determined to aroynt to school by herself, and her mom throws a fit. Jin Mok gets a front line seat at their mother-daughter bicker, and decides to follow her. When a car meanly grazes his wannabe princess, he’s rectilinear there to grab her arm protectively. Only common problem–YS thinks it’s always her mom following her around, and she gives him a dialect lashing! She hands him the hair curler and foliage. Jin Mok knows if he didn’t wish bad luck, he wouldn’t possess any luck at all:


Even a excessively ahjussi wonders what the heck is improper with Yoo Seul that would rise her call Jin Mok “Eomma”!  Jin Mok continues to follow her, watching over her on the subway, flaw doors and making sure her sandals/slippers are equitable there under her feet. Their classmates can barely believe what they are because, and confront him at lunchtime. That looks like the ~ly amazing school lunch ever! Real, salutary food that looks appetizing–and not like the processed frozen/reheated crap that my limited HS serves to the students. Jin Mok denies helping Yoo Seul, and afterwards finds out that the school is looking on the side of a volunteer to help her. The confused noise of dishes distracts them, as Yoo Seul and not the same student collided and sent a marry of those yummy lunches to the prevail over . He runs over and helps her up.

Meanwhile, Cha Sik is at the Arts High School very lately. He makes a bewildering first notion on the girls from the band of instrumental musicians:


These girls may laugh at him today….nearest month they’ll be wishing they could be reckoned him.

I gotta love how Cha Sik takes his lot into his own hands and tries to transmit himself into the Arts High School. He doesn’t wait round or whine for his momma to aid him…nope! He doesn’t exactly flinch when the administrative ahjussi tells him he can’t enroll because there isn’t a intermission, and it’s a specialized seminary anyway. Like I said before, he’s learned well from his mom–don’t take ‘no’ during an answer! He tells the admin ahjussi that he doesn’t honest have a will and desire to be there–he’s got talent to make difference! Cha Sik must’ve also heard common of my favorite sayings, “Never allow school get in the way of your education“.

Side short letter: My local community college is sacrifice a Pharmacology class this summer. I took that class 32+ years ago–so I imagination I might need a refresher. There are in such a manner many new medications my patients are on. Problem: The college wouldn’t obstacle me take the class since I even now passed it! After multiple emails to the minister of the gospel, I finally went down to the Administration act of worship on a Friday afternoon and begged them to obstacle me in! I had to draw up a long winded (!) explanation to the Dean with respect to how it will help my dental patients and exist a benefit to everyone if my understanding is updated….OMG. There are adequate supply of spaces in the class. I’m not apprehension a spot someone else needs. I am a ready money-paying student (in the tax-paying community) for crying out loud! I as the final move said that if they didn’t deficiency my money I would just pervert with money the book, show up and settle in the back of the rank! The admin lady said the school-mistress would throw me out, but I possess yet to see a teacher for aye do that to a student. I could care smaller quantity about the credit–I really default the information. I’m in the rank now–only because I didn’t take ‘no’ as being an answer!

Yoo Seul gets the notice that her mom is needed to abet her out at school, which doesn’t reach over too well. She says she enjoin get a friend, but the admin ahjumma says that if someone wanted to help, they would require already stepped up. Methinks that Yoo Seul and her prickly distinct don’t have a squad of stay or gal pals to pick from at the chide. Jin Mok is on the currency this time; handing in the filled-aloud Princess Guide application:


Shouldn’t he hiccup here…like in “Pinocchio”?!

Heh, unswerving. Suuure you are! Yoo Seul stands up and says no way is Jin Mok gonna subsist her guide! Cha Sik hears this:


And he’s not talking surrounding the brOTP in “Descendants of the Sun” one or the other , lol!  Jin Mok says that he’ll learned her what is written on the diet and walk her to and from denomination. Yoo Seul says there’s not at all freakin’ way that’s gonna come to pass! She’d rather go to place of education without a guide, but the admin ahjumma says nay way after the cafeteria accident today. I good-will how Jin Mok swallows hard and coughs to the end that he will do his with most propriety to ‘protect’ her! Might in the manner that well protect a cactus or a skunk, my confidant. His guilt, protective and romantic feelings are every one of at war with each other. Cha Sik sprints over–he’s got the dis~:


Yoo Seul recognizes his voice–he’s that crazy twitch from the rooftop who told her to slay herself! (Selective memory at its finest!) Cha Sik says he is that guy–limit he’s changed. He’s got a of recent origin life now…kinda like from a larvae to a butterfly! He gets downward on his knees–which he announces ago she’s blind. Then he apologizes, and begs to subsist her guide! Jin Mok is frozen in room. The admin ahjussi comes over to tug Cha Sik away, as he continues to upholder for his dream job as Yoo Seul’s instructor. Cha Sik uses the twin super-powers of dialectics. reasoning and reason: Yoo Seul’s momma isn’t a scholar here…and she can be a conductor. So why can’t he subsist a guide? The adults stutter and hesitation uselessly as Cha Sik asks Yoo Seul to pick–him or “Dumber”!

The brace boys get into a minor quarrel as Jin Mok takes exception to essential ~ called “Dumber” and Cha Sik at that time calls him “Sam Shik”!

There’s a doom of meaningful layers here. One is that the according to the exact meaning translation means “3rd boy/son” (Sam Soon is 3rd maid/daughter) but it’s also a endeavor to call out! (source)


Image from Google

And not an attractive fish either!

If that’s not enough as being ya, consider this: There’s some oldie fave Korean movie (Miji Wang) at which place Sam Shik means having “Prince Syndrome”! (take heed above for source) Yep,  I be persuaded that Jin Mok is ready to heavenly body in the Drama of his possess Life as the Prince Charming who comes to the bring off of damsel-in-distress Yoo Seul. He before that time thinks he’s a Prince who’s upper hand than everyone else. That’s priceless…what noted wordplay! Jin Mok retaliates by vocation Cha Sik “larvae”, but Cha Sik takes it in the same proportion that a compliment–a larvae becomes a butterfly! He smooth flaps his arms like a butterfly! Lol! Jin Mok tries to use the comeback that larvae also grow cicadas (highly annoying insects BTW) and their ensuing wrangle ends when Yoo Seul says she be disposed make a decision….

And the next scene shows that decision was in patronize of Cha Sik! He catches Jin Mok’s fierce pining gaze at Yoo Seul in class one day and gives him the 411 in a funky combine of Korean and English: He won. Jin Mok depraved.


Bwahaahaahaa! That ferocious wink says it every part of: Jin Mok, your Prince status has been revoked! There’s a of recent origin Prince in town Yoo Seul’s life!

The New Prince is unfamiliar with musical terms and composers names, yet his commentary of the teacher’s reprimand is hilariously tinged with his inferior sense and good humor. It’s attractive the other students perceive Cha Sik considered in the state of stupid, when he’s anything however stupid. He just needs to in circumference out his musical knowledge a scintilla. Like a smart person, he uses his phone to air up information…only to have Princess Yoo Seul misfortune him off by putting her headphones in c~tinuance. Geez! Give the dude a batter!

Later, Jin Mok confronts Yoo Seul as long as she’s brushing her teeth. He wonders wherefore she picked “that dumb guy”. She brutally counters by the reason: How much does she bear deadly malice to Jin Mok if she picked “that incapable of speech guy”. Ooof! This time, Jin Mok is not gonna be reckoned down without a fight. He reminds her that she uttered she was tired of hating him. He is moreover tired of hating her. So to what extent about being friends? Yoo Seul accuses him of inner reality soft-hearted, and that he’s doing things in a puzzle of pity for her because she’s mazy. Jin Mok looks devastated, but she might be right. There is probably over much bad history between these sum of ~ units for instant aka ‘cheap’ forgiveness.

Cha Sik has modified his bike in such a manner Yoo Seul can ride on the back! Yeah, he doesn’t design of her like a princess any one , nope, no way! But the Princess turns up her nose at the bike, and they extreme point up on the subway. Cha Sik kinda sorta apologizes instead of his lack of knowledge, and afterward compares himself to an unscratched lottery ticket and a obscure gem! Yoo Seul doesn’t present the appearance impressed, and tells him that he solitary has to be her guide at control so she can get out of her mom’s clasp for a while. Now it’s Cha Sik’s become giddy to look devastated. Seriously, this girl…does she require a heart of stone? The realty is that she can’t not only so find her way out of the subway standing until Cha Sik gives her a ~ at. He says just the thing I am reflection as well:


But then he says she stirs up a emotion in him that he hasn’t felt instead of a long time! Oh, my. Does Cha Sik like a call to answer! You betcha…and I’d bet he would not be interested in some weak, simpering girl who would not at any time give him a little sass back either. I’m thinking he probably wants a smart and tough cookie like his mom! He redoubles his efforts, for the re~on that we see his room covered in put in the mail-it notes and he lets his mom be assured of he’s gonna be at the library every one of day Sunday! I love how his mom doesn’t micromanage his life, mention one by one him he’s crazy or run down him in any way. Again, Cha Sik takes charge, studying forward his own–and he mails his pianist creator another letter. His efforts soon pay most distant, winning the respect of Yoo Seul’s classmates, so much as if Yoo Seul is still neat cold toward him.

One afternoon when he is walking her home, she accidentally hits a mode looking dog with her walking penetrate. Yoo Seul is astute enough to be sure the dog wasn’t on a leash, as the owner hurriedly hooks him up, and hereafter threatens her with an animal pervert charge! Cha Sik runs back and defends Yoo Seul. He besides knows the dog was not up~ the leash. They go back and forth until Cha Sik points out the CCTV camera, and suggests that the police take a take heed at the footage. Cha Sik’s dialectics. reasoning and reason win again, as the jerky dog holder backs down quickly. Yoo Seul backs the floor too, and asks Cha Sik to walk her home. Heh…is the Ice Princess around to crack? Yes indeed! She at last accepts a ride on Cha Sik’s bike lawful claim to her sprained ankle, and we are treated to a amazing scene where she holds him tightly, and on that account lets go to feel the be tortuous as he bikes through the park. I receive a flashback to a similar view in “Angel Eyes”. Wonderful cinematography in the present state too. This is heaven…can this point out get any better?!?

The good ages are about to come to a screeching crippled as Cha Sik pulls up to Yoo Seul’s domicile. Her momma is waiting out front…yeah, this oughta bust up the able moment! Cha Sik formally introduces himself in the same proportion that Yoo Seul’s guide, smiles, and does wholly the right things to impress her mom. Mom dismisses him readily, and it kills me to pay attention Yoo Seul’s smile disappear and her visor-like face reappear after the constituent of freedom and happiness she had with Cha Sik on his bike:


Cha Sik thinks it may be her mom isn’t that bad….until he goes to return the dropped walking stab and overhears the mom screaming at Yoo Seul. He gets called a “hooligan” likewise by her mom! OMG. Yoo Seul defends him, still her mom says fughettaboud it…she can’t pay attention so of course she wouldn’t discern that he looks evil and slight! Cha Sik is shocked. Just conducive to the record, I wish my daughter would conduct home a guy who was a winner like Cha Sik.

Yoo Seul tells her mom to re~e it, but mom gives her a roundhouse with a ~ instead! Aaaack! That was really in a ~ tone! Gawd I hate this mom! Cha Sik is looking able upset too. I’m sure he in no degree gets slapped or screamed at ~ means of his mom. Yoo Seul ‘fesses that this was the first time she was ever on a bike….and it felt famed. What would it have been like grant that she was able to see? She realizes how much stuff she has missed abroad on, like beach trips, the zoo, or the movies–inasmuch as her life was all about the pianoforte. Her rage is palpable, and sets her witchy mom back on the side of just a moment, until mom fires back. She asks her daughter–What in regard to all the trophies and stuff you won? Is that totality meaningless?  Well, considering that Yoo Seul isn’t smiling in at all of the photos…it just main be. Yoo Seul says it was all for her mom. The trophies are indeed hers. However, things have now changed, and Witchy Mom gets the lowdown:


This is similar a fantastic scene…Yoo Seul is enlarging up, and her mom gets taken into a denser consistence a notch or two. Win-Win!

Okay, sufficiency of that intense melodramatic fare! Cha Sik shows up the nearest morning, dressed in his Sunday finest, and formally greets witchy Mom!


From the spawl-shined shoes, to the glasses, to the slicked back hair–he’s the brief of a classy young gentleman. Oh, and the purple streak in his hair is gone also! Gotta make a good impression, yunno! Yoo Seul’s mom blues some venom this morning on Cha Sik, for the re~on that she accuses him of eavesdropping (heck, you could’ve heard her screaming at Yoo Seul in the next county over) and for looking like “a gangster making his rounds”. Geez! #whattabitch

Cha Sik must’ve told his mom the kind of happened because she’s now on the point to go over there and bestow some damage to Yoo Seul’s witchy mom. She is floored when she hears that Cha Sik apologized as far as concerns his fashion sense, and asked which he should wear that witchy mom would appreciate of! I had to catch this nearest screencap, where he puts Yoo Seul’s lead in his pocket, and they retirement for school:


Yoo Seul chose him, and he’s determined to hindrance her know she’s made the not crooked choice. I love this scene moreover. Dear Witchy Mom, you are at once dealing with a supreme force of humor known as Jeong Cha Sik. I would move you back off before you more distant alienate your daughter.

Yoo Seul says that she wants to be sure what Cha Sik wants in go for helping her. He’s got that every part of figured out too…he wants to give ear her play the piano. At chief she declines, saying she quit, boundary he talks her into it. She calls the one and the other him and the tunnel piano “cheap and dull” and he gets upset–unless then says she’ll do it–whether he keeps it a secret. Cha Sik promises he direct take it to his grave…until we perceive out he tells his mom around it, lol! His mom calls him a tale-bearer, and he pouts as she says harmony secrets from your parent means you are an adult now! Heh…if that is good, I became an adult prior to the age of 6! I love that he trusts his mom enough to use for conversing about his life honestly. That’s a lifetime of accumulated faith and a healthy relationship.

He has a await of pure bliss on his front as he tries to communicate to his mom by what means wonderfully she plays the piano–advance only to dear old Dad, of regularity! The words he uses are not those of one unintelligent person–Yoo Seul plays in the background to the degree that Cha Sik describes the music “like a rainbow that turns humans into angels…and the terraqueous globe became paradise for a moment.” He says he’s been opportunity to be heard the same melody in his dreams–nevertheless won’t tell his mom anything else…hee! There’s a deficient part where his mom takes a phone appeal from a dissatisfied customer she wrote a renew for, and I sense a fate of regret about her past. Cha Sik promises to esteem her wealthy so she won’t be in actual possession of to “cook and clean”. These brace characters are so well matched taken in the character of mother and son. In my book, if you wanna see what a bracing relationship between a mom and a teenage son looks like, fair-minded check out their interactions.

Cha Sik escorts Yoo Seul downward the hall to change her costume in an empty classroom, and teases her gently through not wanting to change for PE through the other girls because she has a tattoo! We see a phone coming in addition a door, and hear some voices–the propinquity makes Yoo Seul crouch down. She’s true much aware of things. Dang it, where’s Cha Sik to cut out this pervert senseless? Whoa–it’s Jin Mok who confronts and grabs the stretch classmate:


#last words before his demise….

Yeah, buddy, I don’t opine your phone and your face are gonna exist in one piece for long. Jin Mok is violent mad as the perv classmate asks Jin Mok suppose that he wants to see the pic he took! Seriously baneful move there. Jin Mok says he coulda taken this to the police, and I lay he double regrets that decision when the perv says that Yoo Seul “practically asked to subsist filmed, since she was changing.” The perv hereafter adds that since Yoo Seul is intricate, she’d never know about the pics. Omo. Jin Mok, you get Shamrockmom’s express permission to permanently disconnect this guy’s head and neck, or at smallest beat him until he’s unconscious. Jin Mok loses his temper and grabs the perv, on the other hand the teachers separate the guys in the presence of anything major happens, darnit.

However, his handful is now injured, which disappoints his ancestor (and the rest of his race that we get to see on the side of the first time) because he can’t sport the piano at an upcoming family friends wedding. Even his mom is blase with reference to his injury, and his hyung doesn’t tell a word in his little brother’s defense. Perfect non-supportive kindred he’s got there! I bill that Jin Mok doesn’t have ~ing comfortable telling his family the truth, as he blows it off in the same proportion that a ‘disagreement between friends’. Yeah, riiight! He asks his Dad: Shouldn’t you care for what reason I hurt my hand? Isn’t that more important than having me play at your friends bridal? Jin Mok’s father’s rejoinder is brutal: He calls him a poltroon and an ignorant whiner. It’s excepting that because he doesn’t have faith at the piano that he’s acting like this–yunno, begging for attention and feeling. I had to watch this sight multiple times, because I just couldn’t think to be true a parent could be so inexorable and uncaring. This man shouldn’t steady have a goldfish for a miff , let alone being a parent! Dear Jin Mok’s father: Go be a sperm donor nearest time. It will be better on account of everyone. I feel much more mean for Jin Mok now. His dad’s altercation cut him to the bone. No awe he’s a bitter and wroth young man.

Injured hand or not, Jin Mok goes back to the no other than ally in his life–the pianoforte. He plays something that sounds for a like rea~n scary, it makes me think of the display in Episode 14 of Secret Love Affair, whither Seon Jae plays the darkest translation ever of “Ah! Vous dirae je maman”. (undisturbed by Park Jong Hoon) I can’t ‘Shazam’ this piece–to such a degree I wonder if this was a diminutive something that PJH also composed because of this show. No info available, proper a guess.

(I also note these Young Chang stately pianos have the “Chang” blacked out…so they are “Young” pianos! Question–Why was this accomplished? Did Young Chang not want the PPL? Did KBS wimp public and not wanna pay? Inquiring minds defectiveness to know!)

Cha Sik finds used up about a competition for 2 pianos…and he wants to comprehend how he can compete too! The other students give an inkling of being “born again” which fries my brain attached at least two levels. Even Jin Mok gets his diss in at the same time that he lets Cha Sik know–there’s ~t one way:


The diss-fest continues until Cha Sik reluctantly brings out the lay a ~ on card–he’s the son of Professor Jo Hyeong Myeong Se. And he’s got the pic of his father and his mom on his phone being of the kind which proof:


One of the classmates disputes his proof–Hyeong Myeong Se continually takes pics with his fans following a show. Her aunt has individual too. If that’s proof, loads of kids would claim him as their Dad. Another classmate claims it was photo-shopped. Would Cha Sik’s mom be seized of lied to him about his maker? I would have to doubt that–she seems like the simply adult in this show with her be aimed screwed on straight. What would have ~ing the point?

Cha Sik is losing his temper, and says that whether he wins the competition, that should substantiate his claim of who his father really is. Jin Mok says grant that Cha Sik just wins a proemial round, that would be enough. The other kids mostly agree, and they can’t confident he would even think about doing affair like this. But I get it. Cha Sik has been clever to do whatever he set his sense to up to this point in his life. Why would acquired knowledge to play the piano be a single one different?

Yoo Seul thinks Cha Sik has gone crazy to level think of playing the piano with her in a competition.


She strength be talking to me too!

She refuses to breed involved, and declares that Mozart’s son couldn’t strange to say do something like this. She compares it to shaft vaulting–if she practiced for three months narrow, would she win? Cha Sik reluctantly answers No, and she lets him be aware of that if he thinks he be possible to catch up to 10 years that they’ve been practicing in solely 3 months, he’s being ill-bred and disrespectful. He finally relents, tells her she’s appropriate, and takes her home on his bike. Gaaah, I bear malice to seeing him depressed and without a goal. He didn’t rehearse his mom his real dream:


He’s neither hooligan, gangster or playboy (!) as he plays the ‘iris-like’ music with her, looking every inch the professional pianist. In his conceit, her sight is restored, and she smiles at him time they play. That is what makes him indigence to live in the dream–her smile. I have affection for that Cha Sik’s dream is not due about him, and what he wants…he has dreams as antidote to Yoo Seul too. His dreams are abounding of hope and joy, not requite and punishment like Jin Mok’s prayers.

He stops the bike in ~ rank of the piano in the funnel, and asks her if he could learn to trifle the piece she played for him whenever they were here before. Wouldn’t that dishonorable he had some potential? She scoffs, and says he decision have an accomplice to fool her into judgment it’s him playing because she’s ruse! **headdesk** After all this time, she thinks his motives are smaller than pure? She is the crazy individual!

Cha Sik has heard enough of this crap, and picks her up and sets her into disfavor on the piano bench. He puts her hands on top of his –maybe she’ll convinced him now–and proceeds to wave a lovely version of “Ode to Joy” that he strained himself! He must have picked up more piano instruction books at the library….

I flashback to myself at 16…sitting through a fingering chart (that I photocopied from the topical library) for the flute propped up in c~tinuance my desk, and a borrowed and battered flute in my hands. In my grand, I can hear my friends powerful me I’m crazy. I can’t mayhap learn the flute in time to exist in the HS band. I know I have zero musical talent, moreover what I do have is the burning desire in my heart to divulge my boyfriend (and his sexy brain) that I can do this. He is the without more encouragement I have right now. I bear deadly malice to High School with a passion. My partnership is a 24 hour a promised time nightmare with my demanding and supercilious father, sick grandmother, exhausted mother and anorexic sister. I gotta be favored with an escape hatch….

Ah, for a like rea~n Cha Sik has been practicing the piano on his own for months…and he’s darn considerable! That’s why there’s tape put ~ his fingers and a tattered wrist brace. He’s practiced until his fingers bled. He’s just there at night, light strapped to his audacity.

More flashback….I’m in a almost forgotten practice room in a nonplus of the HS music hall. No person knows or cares that I’m in that place. I have maybe four or five hours to use before I head out to my college night class–my other escape. I custom the same piece over and past until I get it right. I’m gonna prefer a petition for for private lessons soon, and a bettor flute–but I gotta wait according to the perfect moment, given the volatility level at my house.

Omo, I can’t come to a dead lock crying. The simple tune transforms into Liszt’s Transcription of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (hop to about the 5 minute sign to hear the “Ode to Joy” tune, and you can see the sheet minstrelsy too. This is for one pianoforte, but I think you’ll gain the picture). The music is pulling these couple hurting kids together; Yoo Seul may take the talent, but Cha Sik has the bliss and the desire. They need each other. The music fills their souls, and heals the bruise that they each have. It mends as well-as; not only-but also; not only-but; not alone-but heart and mind, and brings them simultaneously to a place where they can be free of the pains of life as antidote to a little while. I understand a little while ago why I love the character of Cha Sik. I could’ve been him–suppose that I had only a little piece more self confidence!

Suffice it to argue Yoo Seul is a believer in Cha Sik very lately, and agrees to enter the emulation. Lesson for today: Never underestimate the sort of a fired-up, determined and headstrong teenager can accomplish. Even if that teenager has solitary a thimbleful of self-confidence, the inner motivation can move mountains. I give heed to lots of middle age adults like me moan about how kids these days are a sluggish, entitled and non-motivated bunch of dimwits. I muster BS. There have always been kids like that. I knew them back in the ’80’s moreover. These folks must know the injustice kids. I see plenty of smart, motivated and determined kids that ofttimes have bricks thrown in their ~way by their parents, schools and employers. Those kids are sole human, and they get discouraged. Who wouldn’t? That’s wherefore I love the character of Cha Sik’s mom. She gets with~ of the way of her son, and lets him strive for his dream.

I have to take for granted that the first two episodes of “Page Turner” are in like manner emotionally satisfying for me, I desideratum to pinch myself. Now the judicial is: Can this show ‘cleave the landing’ and wrap this fiction up in a satisfying conclusion?

Im up~ the body the same meds, and have been grievous to get off them too.

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