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In the book October Light by John Gardner, what is a characteristic example of James Page, including the page number where it occurs?

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Two good characteristic examples of James Page in October Light are right at the beginning of the novel, where author John Gardner introduces the character and shows the reader what he is like. The first example is narrated on page 2. James is so disgusted with his widowed sister's TV set and the "endless, simpering dramas they put on, now indecent, now violent," that he loads his shotgun and from behind her--without any warning--shots the TV: "he'd blown that TV screen to h***, right back where it come from."

The affect of his action was definitive: There was no more TV in his home; there was very nearly no more widowed sister. She had...

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