Still, all this might be bearable if only the grown-ups weren’t in the habit of repeating the stories we hear from Mr. Kleiman, jan or Miep, each time embellishing them with a few details of their own, so that I often have to pinch my arm under the table to keep myself from setting the enthusiastic storyteller on the right track.
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Tell me exactly what happened without embellishment.
The young girl is lovely and her tears only embellish her; the lady appears to be about forty years of age, the girl about fourteen.