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- When he stood up, his head cleared for a moment and he felt a wild optimism—maybe he was over being drunk.Chapters 9-10 (36% in)
- For some reason he felt a surge of optimism as he walked down the street to the post office.Chapters 68-69 (54% in)
- But to his surprise, the minute he stepped inside the door of the post office his optimism gave way in a flash to bitter depression.Chapters 68-69 (55% in)
- " Jake's momentary optimism had passed, and he felt tired and despairing.Chapters 74-74 (61% in)
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