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the_DT
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._.
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._.
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._.
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'_"
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._.
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husband_NN
?_?
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._.
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,_,
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._.
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'_"
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._.
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._.
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himself_NN
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'_"
ever-present_JJ
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._.
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'_"
husband_NN
,_,
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st_NP
._.
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._.
judy_NP
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'_"
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,_,
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._.
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._.
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._.
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._.
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._.
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._.
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._.
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._.
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my_PP$
four-star_JJ
scale_NN
,_,
i_PP
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claiborne_NP
three_CD
stars_NNS
._.