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It seemed nice. They all seemed nice. I had no framework for discrimination. — Graeme Simsion

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Time has been redefined. Previous rules no longer apply. Alcohol is hereby declared mandatory in the Rosie Time Zone. — Graeme Simsion

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Then, in this vanishingly small moment in the history of the universe, she took my hand, and held it all the way to the subway. — Graeme Simsion

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I diagnosed brain overload and set up a spreadsheet to analyze the situation. — Graeme Simsion

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I took her in the standard jive hold that I had practised on the skeleton, and immediately felt the awkwardness, approaching revulsion, that I feel when forced into intimate contact with another human. — Graeme Simsion

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I've sequenced the questions for maximum speed of elimination,' I explained. 'I believe I can eliminate most women in less than forty seconds. Then you can choose the topic of discussion for the remaining time.'
'But then it won't matter,' said Frances. 'I'll have been eliminated.'
'Only as a potential partner. We may still be able to have an interesting discussion.'
'But I'll have been eliminated.'
I nodded. 'Do you smoke?'
'Occasionally,' she said.
I put the questionnaire away. 'Excellent.' I was pleased that my question sequencing was working so well. We could have wasted time talking about ice-cream flavours and make-up only to find that she smoked. Needless to say, smoking was not negotiable. 'No more questions. What would you like to discuss? — Graeme Simsion

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I need to talk to you in private," I said to Rosie. She looked at me very directly. "I don't think there's anything we need to say in private." This seemed odd. But presumably she and Stefan shared information in the same way that Gene and I did. He had accompanied her to the ball. "I was reconsidering your offer of sex," I said. Stefan put his hand over his mouth. — Graeme Simsion

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I am able to hug Rosie. This was the issue that caused me the most fear after she agreed to live with me. I generally find body contact unpleasant, but sex is an obvious exception. Sex solved the body contact problem. We are now also able to hug without having sex, which is obviously convenient at times. — Graeme Simsion

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The Apricot Ice-cream Disaster had cost a whole evening of my life, compensated for only by the information about simulation algorithms. — Graeme Simsion

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I have never heard of the Wife Project. But I'm about to. In detail.'
'Of course,' I said. 'But we should time-share it with pizza-consumption and beer-drinking.'
'Of course,' said Rosie — Graeme Simsion

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All of us have to make some accommodations and allowances if we are to live with another person. — Graeme Simsion

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I was wearing my bathroom-cleaning costume of shorts, surgical boots, and gloves but no shirt. "Wow." She stared at me for a few moments. "This is what martial arts training does, is it?" She appeared to be referring to my pectoral muscles. — Graeme Simsion

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Jesus addresses the angry mob who are stoning a prostitute: "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone." A stone flies through the air and hits the woman. Jesus turns around and says, "Sometimes you really piss me off, Mother. — Graeme Simsion

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He knew me well enough to know that once an emotion was identified, — Graeme Simsion

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Oh my God,' she said. 'I need a drink.' I was not sure why she was sharing this information with someone she had known for only forty-six minutes. I planned to consume some alcohol myself when I arrived home but saw no reason to inform Julie. — Graeme Simsion

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A woman at the rear of the room raised her hand. I was focused on the argument now and made a minor social error, which I quickly corrected. "The fat woman-overweight woman-at the back?" — Graeme Simsion

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Research has shown that creativity is enhanced when performing straightforward mechanical tasks such as jogging, cooking, and driving. Unobstructed thinking time is always useful. — Graeme Simsion

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I set out to write a screenplay but, since my early 20s, had dreamed of writing a novel. — Graeme Simsion

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You know something? On their deathbed, nobody ever wishes they'd spent more time at the office.' It — Graeme Simsion

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You'd better not let me down," said Rosie. "I'm expecting constant craziness. — Graeme Simsion

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But it appeared that the motivation for the project was a newspaper article titled 'Research Proves Kids Need a Mom and a Dad.' Someone had written the word 'crap' in red beside the article. It was an excellent start. Scientists need to cultivate a suspicious attitude to research. — Graeme Simsion

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Question thirty-five: Do you eat kidneys? Correct answer is (c) occasionally. Testing for food problems. If you ask directly about food preferences, they say, 'I eat anything,' and then you discover they're vegetarian." I — Graeme Simsion

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A questionnaire! Such an obvious solution. A purpose-built, scientifically valid instrument incorporating current best practice to filter out the time wasters, the disorganised, the ice-cream discriminators, the visual-harassment complainers, the crystal gazers, the horoscope readers, the fashion obsessives, the religious fanatics, the vegans, the sports watchers, the creationists, the smokers, the scientifically illiterate, the homeopaths, leaving, ideally, the perfect partner, or realistically, a manageable shortlist of candidates. — Graeme Simsion

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I was not concerned about the dancing - I was confident that I could draw on my experience from preparing for martial arts competitions, with the supplementary advantage of an optimum intake of alcohol, which for martial arts is not permitted. — Graeme Simsion

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Naturally, the books and research papers described the symptoms of Asperger's syndrome, and I formed a provisional conclusion that most of these were simply variations in human brain function that had been inappropriately medicalized because they did not fit social norms - constructed social norms - that reflected the most common human configurations rather than the full range. — Graeme Simsion

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I thought you were happy about having a baby.' I was happy in the way that I would be happy if the captain of an aircraft in which I was travelling announced that he had succeeded in restarting one engine after both had failed. Pleased that I would now probably survive, but shocked that the situation had arisen in the first place, and expecting a thorough investigation into the circumstances. — Graeme Simsion

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Sex was absolutely not allowed to be scheduled, at least not by explicit discussion, but I had become familiar with the sequence of events likely to precipitate it: a blueberry muffin from Blue Sky Bakery, a triple shot of espresso from Otha's, removal of my shirt, and my impersonation of Gregory Peck in the role of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. — Graeme Simsion

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we need to be vigilant that emotions do not cripple us. — Graeme Simsion

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The answer came to me as I was boning a quail... — Graeme Simsion

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Tickets! Tickets to Disneyland. All problems solved! — Graeme Simsion

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Another world, another life, proximate but inaccessible. The elusive . . . Sat-is-fac-tion. — Graeme Simsion

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Unfortunately, their approach was based on the traditional dating paradigm, which I had previously abandoned on the basis that the probability of success did not justify the effort and negative experiences. — Graeme Simsion

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Rosie squeezed my hand very tightly, as though to earn some hand-holding credits, — Graeme Simsion

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Logically, I should be attractive to a wide range of women. In the animal kingdom, I would succeed in reproducing. However, there is something about me that women find unappealing. I have never found it easy to make friends, and it seems that the deficiencies that caused this problem have also affected my attempts at romantic relationships. — Graeme Simsion

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It was only later that I realised that I had experienced extended close contact with another human without feeling uncomfortable. I attributed it to my concentration on correctly executing the dance steps. — Graeme Simsion

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I decided it would be helpful to provide an example, drawing on a story in which emotional behavior would have led to disastrous consequences. "Imagine," I said, "you're hiding in a basement. The enemy is searching for you and your friends. Everyone has to keep totally quiet, but your baby is crying." I did an impression, as Gene would, to make the story more convincing: "Waaaaa." I paused dramatically. "You have a gun. — Graeme Simsion

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Nothing would change the fault in my brian that made me unacceptable. — Graeme Simsion

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Correct. The male instinct is to cheat. You need to overcome it.'
'Women accept it as long as you don't embarrass them with it. Look at France. — Graeme Simsion

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By the time Rosie came back, I had performed a brain reboot, an exercise requiring a considerable effort of will. But I was now configured for adaptability. — Graeme Simsion

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On their deathbed, nobody ever wishes they'd spent more time at the office. — Graeme Simsion

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I could no longer be equated with the Virgin Mary. I had been corrupted. I was like everyone else. My stone-casting credibility had been significantly compromised. — Graeme Simsion

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And it dawned on me that I had not designed the questionnaire to find a woman I could accept, but to find someone who might accept me. — Graeme Simsion

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If you shut yourself down, you're wasting two days of your life that someone is trying to make exciting and productive and fun for you. — Graeme Simsion

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It seems hardly possible to analyse such a complex situation involving deceit and supposition of another person's emotional response, and then prepare your own plausible lie, all while someone is waiting for you to reply to a question. Yet that is exactly what people expect you to be able to do. — Graeme Simsion

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Do not mess with this man's threads! — Graeme Simsion

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I spend almost two weeks with Dewhurst's Text book of Obstetrics and Gynecology (eight edition) and looking at videos available on the Internet before deciding that these materials needed to be supplemented with practical experience. It was like reading a book on karate - useful to a point, but not sufficient for combat preparation. — Graeme Simsion

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In the last eight weeks I had experienced two of the three best times of my adult life, assuming all visits to the Museum of Natural History were treated as one event. They had both been with Rosie. Was there a correlation? It was critical to find out. — Graeme Simsion

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I was suddenly angry. I wanted to shake not just Lydia but the whole world of people who do not understand the difference between control of emotion and lack of it, and who make a totally illogical connection between inability to read others' emotions and inability to experience their own. — Graeme Simsion

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Did you get the cup?"
I held it up.
"Is it the right one?" she said.
I am not good at nonverbal communication, but I believe I managed to convey the fact that while I might be a petty thief, I do not make errors of observation. — Graeme Simsion

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A few times in my life, I have been manipulated by the sexual power of a woman. "Could you help with my assignment?" I'll do it for you. "I don't know why they've given me middle seat." Take mine. "I thought the trains would still be running." Let me drive your home. No promises, no offers, nothing expected in return. — Graeme Simsion

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Time's up. Excellent work. All the rational solutions came from the aspies. Everyone else was incapacitated by emotion. — Graeme Simsion

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What must do the hard thing? He who can. — Graeme Simsion

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I looked again at the nighttime view of the city - the view I had never seen before even though it had been there all the time. — Graeme Simsion

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As I completed dinner preparation, Rosie set the table - not the conventional dining table in the living room, but a makeshift table on the balcony, created by taking a whiteboard from the kitchen wall and placing it on top of the two big plant pots, from which the dead plants had been removed. A white sheet from the linen cupboard had been added in the role of tablecloth. Silver cutlery - a housewarming gift from my parents that had never been used - and the decorative wineglasses were on the table. She was destroying my apartment! — Graeme Simsion

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I believe it is the duty of science, of humanity, to discover as much as we can. But I am a physical scientist, not a psychologist. The — Graeme Simsion

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antipathy toward — Graeme Simsion

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If she's a psychology student, she'll love talking about herself. — Graeme Simsion

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And how could I be sure that other people were not doing the same - playing the game to be accepted but suspecting all the time that they were different? — Graeme Simsion

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Humans often fail to see what is close to them and obvious to others. — Graeme Simsion

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As we drank champagne in the lounge, I explained that I had earned special privileges by being particularly vigilant and observant of rules and procedures on previous flights, and by making a substantial number of helpful suggestions regarding check-in procedures, flight scheduling, pilot training, and ways in which security systems might be subverted. I was no longer expected to offer advice, having contributed enough for a lifetime of flying. — Graeme Simsion

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Vegetarians and vegans can be incredibly annoying. Gene has a joke: How can you tell if someone is a vegan? Just wait ten minutes and they'll tell you. — Graeme Simsion

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I had little contact with people outside academia and had formed my assumptions about the rest of the world primarily from watching films and televisions as a child. I recognised that the characters in 'Lost in Space' and 'Star Trek' were probably not representative of humans in general. — Graeme Simsion

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Asperger's isn't a fault. It's a variant. It's potentially a major advantage. — Graeme Simsion

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So, to add to a momentous day, I corrected a misconception that my family had held for at least fifteen years and came out to them as straight. — Graeme Simsion

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Watch some kids, watch them play. You'll see they're just little adults, only they don't know all the rules and tricks yet. — Graeme Simsion

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I worked in information technology and academia for a long time and met many people who were better with things and ideas than with people. — Graeme Simsion

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Professor Tillman. Most of us here are not scientists, so you may need to be a little less technical.' This sort of thing is incredibly annoying. People can tell you the supposed characteristics of a Gemini or a Taurus and will spend five days watching a cricket match, but cannot find the interest or the time to learn the basics of what they, as humans, are made up of. — Graeme Simsion

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I explained that I had a special O-1 Visa for Aliens of Extraordinary Ability. I had needed a visa after the occasion when I was refused entry and this was deemed the safest choice. O-1 visas were quite rare and 'yes' was the correct answer to any question about the extraordinariness of my abilities. Rosie found the word 'alien' amusing. Correction, hilarious. — Graeme Simsion

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You can't go through life not listening to music. — Graeme Simsion

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I was not thirsty, but I was pleased to be offered alcohol. — Graeme Simsion

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In retrospect, it was the realization that if I HAD claimed to be ill I would have been let off the flight that pushed me to the line between sanity and meltdown. It came on top of the stress of the previous day's life-threatening emergency, my failure to save my marriage, administrative incompetence, and gross invasion of personal space. One more deception, a small deception, and I could have walked off. But I had reached my limits in all dimensions. — Graeme Simsion

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If you really love someone,' Claudia continued, 'you have to be prepared to accept them as they are. Maybe you hope that one day they get a wake-up call and make the changes for their own reasons. — Graeme Simsion

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As soon as my watch showed 5:00 p.m., I walked in. Gene was at the lectern of the darkened theatre, still talking, apparently oblivious to time, responding to a question about funding. My entrance had allowed a shaft of light into the room, and I realized that the audience's eyes were now on me, as if expecting me to say something.
'Time's up,' I said. 'I have a meeting with Gene. — Graeme Simsion

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What are the symptoms of being fucked-up?' 'I've got crap in my life that I wish I hadn't. And I'm not good at dealing with it. Am I making sense? — Graeme Simsion

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I had feared that Rosie would not love me. Instead, it was I who could not love Rosie. — Graeme Simsion

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How are you going to kiss a girl if you won't share her ice cream? p.203 The Rosie Project — Graeme Simsion

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It is generally accepted that people enjoy surprises: hence the traditions associated with Christmas, birthdays, and anniversaries. In my experience, most of the pleasure accrues to the giver. The victim is frequently under pressure to feign, at short notice, a positive response to an unwanted object or unscheduled event. — Graeme Simsion

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I would normally have scheduled my driving time according to published studies on fatigue and booked accommodation accordingly. But I had been too busy to plan. Nevertheless, I stopped for rest breaks every two hours and found myself able to maintain concentration. At 11.43 p.m., I detected tiredness, but rather than sleep I stopped at a service station, refuelled, and ordered four double espressos. I opened the sunroof and turned up the CD player volume to combat fatigue, and at 7.19 a.m. on Saturday, with the caffeine still running all around my brain, Jackson Browne and I pulled into Moree. — Graeme Simsion

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It took fifty-eight minutes to pack the furniture and plants. Then I tackled the bathroom. I was astonished by the number of cosmetic and aromatic chemicals that Rosie owned. It would presumably have been insulting for me to tell her that, beyond the occasional dramatic use of lipstick or perfume (which faded rapidly after application due to absorption, evaporation or my becoming accustomed to it), they made no observable difference. I was satisfied with Rosie without any modifications. — Graeme Simsion

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I am happy that I'm a better novelist than a screenwriter. — Graeme Simsion

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Hurtling back to town, in a red Porsche driven by a beautiful woman, with the song playing, I had the sense of standing on the brink of another world. — Graeme Simsion

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I decided that ten positions would be sufficient initially. More could be learned if the initial encounter was successful. It did not take long - less time than learning the cha-cha. In terms of reward for effort, it seemed strongly preferable to dancing and I was greatly looking forward to it. — Graeme Simsion

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There are so many weird people that nobody takes any notice. We all just fit right in. — Graeme Simsion

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Love is a powerful feeling for another person, often defying logic. — Graeme Simsion

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I shook my head to test for a hangover but it seemed that my alcohol-processing enzymes had done their job adequately. — Graeme Simsion

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Difficulties are inevitable," I said. "Major projects require persistence. — Graeme Simsion

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Of course, love has no respect for questionnaires. As The Rosie Project tells us. — Graeme Simsion

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Height, weight and body mass index.' Gene was skimming ahead. 'Can't you do the calculation yourself?' 'That's the purpose of the question,' I said. 'Checking they can do basic arithmetic. I don't want a partner who's mathematically illiterate. — Graeme Simsion

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Why do we focus on certain things at the expense of others? We will risk our lives to save a person from drowning, yet not make a donation that could save dozens of children from starvation. We install solar panels when their impact on CO2 emissions is minimal - and indeed may have a net negative effect if manufacturing and installation are taken into account - rather than contributing to more efficient infrastructure projects. — Graeme Simsion

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I was having trouble making sense of all that Rosie was saying, doubtless due to the effects of the alcohol and her perfume. However, she had given me an opportunity to keep the conversation on safe ground. The inheritance of common genetically influenced traits such as eye colour is more complex than is generally understood, and I was confident that I could speak on the topic for long enough to occupy the remainder of our journey. But I realised that this was a defensive action and impolite to Rosie who had risked considerable embarrassment and damage to her relationship with Stefan for my benefit. — Graeme Simsion

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This is terrible wine, no?' I agreed. It was a carbonated sweet wine, acceptable only because of its alcohol content. — Graeme Simsion

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I am a big advocate of the role of the bookstore in the community. — Graeme Simsion

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I decided that I needed to take a new direction in my life, because any change was better than staying in the pit of depression. I actually visualised it as a pit. — Graeme Simsion

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Used the precise speed indication on the GPS to set the cruise control to the exact speed limit, rather than relying on the artificially inflated figure provided by the speedometer. — Graeme Simsion

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I have heard the word 'stunning' used to describe women, but this was the first time I had actually been stunned by one. — Graeme Simsion

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My room was only eleven floors above Rosie's, so I walked up the stairs. — Graeme Simsion

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I had become accustomed to being woken, and generally managed to fall asleep again within a few minutes. But the aggregate effect could not be ignored and I was forced to reschedule my bedtime to thirteen minutes earlier. — Graeme Simsion

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It seems right now that all I've ever done in my life is making my way here to you. — Graeme Simsion

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I know this song!'
Rosie laughed.
'If you didn't, that'd be the final proof that you're from Mars. — Graeme Simsion

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You're unbelievable,' said Rosie. 'Look at me when I'm talking.'
I kept looking out the window. I was already over-stimulated.
'I know what you look like. — Graeme Simsion