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You settle at a balcony desk outside of Professor Lassiter’s American Literature classroom. She has just dismissed class with a “Be good, do good work,” and a promise to collect Gatsby essays next week.

She is a treasure trove for stories”
Catching the flash of her black shawl across the courtyard...
you look as she turns the corner with arms full of books and purpose in her gaze. She greets you with an amiable smile and a swift apology for her hair, which truly looks perfectly fine.
You exchange pleasantries...
and soon you hear that her inclement morning has included a locked house and an excursion through a kitchen window. You laugh and recall your own stormy commute. Her wit shines further when she references Gatsby and Daisy’s tempestuous reunion, and suddenly you are engaged in a lively discussion about Fitzgerald’s theme and New York’s weather and hers and your opinions on both.
With a transitory glance at your blank document, she asks about your paper.
Your unease prompts her own nod of confidence and a pledge to keep her office door open. You decide you will indeed visit later – for guidance, but also for the bond over rainy day stories and realities shared in passing conversation.
Literature is supposed to bring us together. Literature is actually a reflection of life.”
— Professor Susan Lassiter
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