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The Secret Miracle
The Secret Miracle
by Jorge Luis Borges, translated by Andrew Hurley
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He redid the third act twice. He struck out one and another overly obvious symbol – the repeated chimings of the clock, the music. No detail was irksome to him. He cut, condensed, expanded; in some cases he decided the original version should stand. (12)

Writing isn't always a straightforward process. Jaromir has to go over and over his work, rewriting pieces and eliminating others. This editing process makes writing seem even more twisty and labyrinthine. (And it definitely makes us super thankful that we have computers.)

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