He understood nothing of it, but he understood that it had been precisely the sequence of events to expect from his daughter.
Keating wondered why the name had sounded like the muffled stroke of a bell; as if the sound had opened and closed a sequence which he would not be able to stop.
He thought that he had believed it was a simple sequence, the past and the present, and if there was loss in the past one was compensated by pain in the present, and pain gave it a form of immortality—but he had not known that one could destroy like this, kill retroactively—so that to her it had never existed.
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She has a gift for breaking a complex task into a simple series of sequential steps.