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Sonder is a word from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows that encompasses a feeling that wasn't previously expressed in English: "the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own." Each character goes about their lives as they observe, judge, and interact with each other, thus living the definition of Sonder. I choose to tell this story because it is a powerful thing to recognize and relate to someone, even a stranger, amongst the millions of people in the world who are all living their own distinct lives.

Charlotte Oxley

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