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Sephora

Daniel Green

“Wow. Look at that. I need that. That is so pretty,” Scarlett says, pointing at a billboard in the distance entitled: “Sephora Collection: Colourful Eyeshadow.” A half-open circular case of eyeshadow is showcased. Its black border surrounds a clear circular window, encapsulating some shimmery, silver crap. “Colourful, pailleté, glitter” is written around the top half of the border and the bottom half reads “S E P H O R A.” Beside it, there’s a set of light-brown eyes staring seductively into the distance, decorated by the glistening silver substance that Scarlett desires.
We’re on a walk around Queen’s Park and the University of Toronto campus. It’s quite beautiful, especially during the winter. This is supposed to be our “reflection time” according to Scarlett. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to be reflecting on. All I can think about is getting back to my nice warm car and blasting the heat. Scarlett says the heat dries out her skin, so I try to keep it to a minimum when she’s in the car.

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Jo’s Mistreatment, Misfitness, and Misfortune: The Illegitimacy of Illiteracy in Charles Dickens’ Bleak House

Larissa Zhong

Charles Dickens’ Bleak House (1853) illustrates a diverse demographic of characters in Victorian London, of which one of the less fortunate is Jo, an impoverished, illiterate, orphaned boy who works as a crossing-sweeper. The mistreatment he is subjected to, his misfitness in London, and the misfortunes he suffers are set forth plainly; lesser discussed, however, are these dramatically unfavourable circumstances as the consequences of his illiteracy rather than his orphancy. This is proven by characters’ dismissal of Jo throughout the novel, his exclusion from London as a society that operates on reading and writing, his suffering of misfortunes that Esther is exempt from despite their orphancy, and the circumstances of his death as the culmination of complications caused by his illiteracy.

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My Ending

Kelsey Watt

It is ending like this.
THUD.

I am walking from the village to
The Garden.
the grass is green
it is our place to play.

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