"It was the war," Cook said, as if no other answer would suffice. "I never heard what happened to him, but I always wondered if he took a piece of shrapnel to the head. That's what did for my Dan, you know, and it happened to a lot of other men so they were never the same after."
"What was he like before?"
"Oh, he was charming -- and such a smile -- knew it, of course, and led many a woman astray, but I won't hear anything said on that account. Not after the way his wife gave him the run-around. She out of all of them ought to have known what he'd been through, what with her parents and brother getting killed and then her falling out with her brother's widow too."
"So you didn't think very much of Aunt Julia?"
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