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Some people might have made a book out of it; but the story I am going to tell is one that it took all my strength to live and over which I spent all my virtue. So I shall set down my recollections quite simply, and if in places they are ragged I shall have recourse to no invention and neither patch nor connect them; any effort I might make to dress them up would take away from the last pleasure I hope to get in telling them.”Andre Gide, STRAIT IS THE GATE