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->''"With the way she sees and the way he looks, it's a perfect match!"''
-->-- '''Yente the Matchmaker''', ''FiddlerOnTheRoof''.

A character with a freakish appearance, experiencing loneliness, happens to stumble into a blind person who [[BlindMistake doesn't realize that the freak is not quite human]]. They strike up a friendship or even romance, and the audience learns AnAesop that blind people might be better than we are because [[InspirationallyDisadvantaged they are quicker to recognize inner beauty]].

Usually the deception doesn't last forever, but by the time the blind person finds out what the other "looks" like, they've already come to appreciate the person inside.

Of course, there are also the UnfortunateImplications that you'd have to be completely blind to fall for someone so ugly, or that it's okay to lie to blind people.

Compare FreakyIsCool, MailerDaemon.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Buu of ''DragonballZ'' meets a blind kid who didn't know his appearance. After realizing he wasn't frightened, Buu figured out the problem and used his magic to heal the boy's eyes. Afterwards the boy was very grateful, and still didn't find anything unusual about Buu's appearance because he had lived among anthromophic animals his entire life. Buu doesn't kill him, a hint that he isn't a bad guy. But is practically confirmed that the evil Buu kills this kid later.
* Turned on its head in ''DetectiveConan''; a rich blind woman states her surprise that Conan is a seven-year old, as she had previously believed him to be a teenager whose voice hadn't cracked yet. Of course, Conan really ''is'' the latter, and gets even more tense when the lady whispers to him that "I can see things others can't see".
* ''HunterXHunter'' The Chimera Ant King [[spoiler:Meryem]] and the blind girl Komugi.
* A variation happens in ''FrankenFran'', when Fran operates on a painter's eyes and gives him the ability to see a wider spectrum of wavelengths. He is utterly horrified by the things he sees and flees into the woods, when he meets a fair and elfin woman-like being and falls in love. He later returns a happy man and presents Fran with a painting of his lover; although the reader can't see it, Fran's assistant can, and he is utterly ''horrified''.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': [[spoiler:Sajin Komamura]] (monster) and Kaname Tōsen (blind). The interesting twist is that [[spoiler:Komamura]] is a good guy while Tōsen pulls a FaceHeelTurn. [[spoiler: When Tōsen regains his sight, he calls Komamura ugly. As he dies, he apologizes for saying that.]]
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* ''Comicbook/FantasticFour''
** This is how the Thing and Alicia Masters started their relationship in the series. There were many times, though, that he worried that the only reason she was with him was because she couldn't see how ugly he was (never mind that she has felt his face, ''knows'' it's rocky, and she is also a ''sculptor'' who has seen fit to use him as a subject a number of times.)
** Subverted with his later girlfriend (and eventual fiance) Debbie Green who could see just fine and still thought he was attractive.
* ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'':
** Arseface eventually meets [[ChekhovsGunman Lorrie Bobs]], a girl who doesn't see reality quite as it is, as she's [[BrotherSisterIncest severely inbred]] and has a neurological disorder. She thinks he's gorgeous, and it looks as if they're going to live happily ever after.
*** Even better, Lorrie was born with only an eye, she looks like a {{cyclops}}. Both characters are subversions of TheGrotesque: They are the two only true decent people of all the cast and for that, they will EarnYourHappyEnding: In {{Preacher}}, [[AnAesop everyone is a grotesque freak. Except the guy with an arse for a face and the one eyed girl]].
* A short piece in a Mirage ''[[Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' special has this happen with Raphael and an old blind woman; the sequence was later adapted as part of an episode of the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003 cartoon]].
* In an early issue of ''{{Superman}}: Comicbook/TheManOfSteel'', Lois Lane's sister Lucy tried to commit suicide after being blinded in an accident. She was rescued by SelfDemonstrating/{{Bizarro}}, but she thought it was Superman. This was an homage to the first appearance of Bizarro in ''Superboy'' back in the 1950s, where [[TheWoobie Bizarro's]] only friend is a blind girl who doesn't realize he's a monster.
* In the early run of ''{{Spawn}}'', the only one who recognized Al for who he used to be was his blind Grandmother.
* UndergroundComics artist Carol Lay once made a comic about a woman who was orphaned and raised by an African tribe where all women have plate lips. She gets them too. Then, a group of whites find her and return her to civilization. She finds out that her parents were rich and she inherited everything. Still, she has trouble finding a man. Then she tries this trope by dating a good-looking, ambitious blind man. But then he wants to feel up her face.
* In ''SupermanAndBatmanGenerations III'', one of {{Darkseid}}'s new Parademons gets separated from its unit and encounters a old blind woman who treats it kindly. In return it tells her its story, including the fact that it's part of a new breed designed with the ability to think and reason for themselves. [[spoiler:Subverted when it's revealed that the woman is actually Supergirl, disguised using a Mother Box, and she snaps the Parademon's neck so none of the other heroes learn of their sentience and have qualms about fighting them.]]
* In "The Swamp in Hell" in ''Creepy'' #34 the village blind man invited a swamp monster in for some tea and companionship and the {{Power Of Love}} made it explode into a roomful of goo.
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* ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'' features a sequence where the monster is befriended by a blind hermit, inspired by a similar sequence in the original novel (see below).
* ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'': Heavily parodies ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'', even unto the point of subversion. The blind hermit's hospitality to the monster proves rather painful, as he keeps unknowingly injuring his guest (by, for instance, pouring hot soup into his lap instead of into his bowl).
* ''Film/TheCurseOfFrankenstein'' subverts its source material by having [[ChristopherLee the monster]] meeting a blind man and his grandson, and he immediately murders both.
* The main character of ''Mask'' (1985) has a degenerative disease which has greatly disfigured his face, but this doesn't stop him from finding romance with a blind girl during a summer camp job.
* ''Film/TheToxicAvenger'' (a mutant) has a blind girlfriend. A smokin' hot one. When she is finally given sight for the first time, she sees her hot doctor and screams in horror, but thought that her freaky mutated beau was the sexiest man alive.
** Subverted in the cartoon show based on the series. The girlfriend is not blind, just [[DumbBlonde really stupid]].
** The cartoon also parodies this trope by having the girlfriend be incredibly nearsighted and, as luck would have it, having forgot her glasses when she first runs into Toxie. He figures that when she proclaims him to be incredibly handsome, it's because she just can't see him well. When she finds her glasses and screams at the sight of him, he figures it's because she thinks he's hideous... but really it's because she thinks his ''tie'' is really ugly.
* ''The Face Behind The Mask'', a '40s B-Movie starring PeterLorre, centers on a Hungarian immigrant who is horribly disfigured in a fire, and turns to a life of crime since nobody will hire him. He [[HeelFaceTurn changes his ways]] after falling in love with a blind girl he runs into on the street, but [[spoiler: she is killed by his former hired goons, who are envious of his new life]]. Needless to say, [[TakingYouWithMe he doesn't take this well.]]
* Used in ''Film/FantasticFour'': Ben Grimm's fiancee leaves him after his transformation into The Thing. Later, he's drowning his sorrows in a bar and meets Alicia Masters, a blind girl. Brings up a valid question:
--> '''Johnny:''' So how do you... you know.
--> '''Ben:''' ''That's none of your business!''
* Played with in a deleted scene from the remake of ''Film/TheWolfman2010''. The beast crashes a masked party, drawn to the voice of a blind singer's solo. The party members don't scream because they think he's in (excellent) costume. The blind singer delicately reaches out to feel his face, having stopped singing to inspect the huffing and growling in front of her. Just when the wolf man is about to let her touch his face and [[CoolDownHug establish the only nonviolent interaction the beast had in the entire movie]], a guest [[TooDumbToLive suddenly tugs on his sleeve]] to [[InterruptedCoolDownHug interrupt]]. The rampage continues, starting with that guest having werewolf fangs in his skull and leaving the party with the singer intact, splattered with blood that isn't hers.
* A killer who hides his deformed face with a mask starts doubting his way of life in ''Film/UnmaskedPart25'' when he meets a blind girl and falls in love with her.
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* In the original ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'', the monster learns to speak by hiding in a house where a blind old man, his son and daughter-in-law live and listening to them talk. After a while, he approaches the old man while the others are out and asks for his help. But the rest of the family returns at this point and chases the monster away. This experience leads the monster to vow revenge on Victor Frankenstein.
* In Creator/RobertSilverberg's short story "To See the Invisible Man" (which was also adapted as an episode of the '80s ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' revival), a man sentenced to a year of "societal" invisibility manages a brief conversation with a blind man, who ends up rejecting him just like everybody else. Though, in this case, the blind man could have been arrested for talking to him. That's the point of the sentence, after all (to the point that the "invisible" man was able to waltz into a women's spa and gawk at them, and they can't do anything about it).
* Invoked and then subverted in TimothyZahn's short story "The Giftie Gie Us," in which a war vet with a badly damaged face takes a blind woman into his home; he grows to care for her, but believes if she could ever see his face she'd be repulsed. It is then revealed that she can telepathically see through other people's eyes, has always known what he looks like, and doesn't care.
* In ''Things Not Seen'', the invisible main character befriends a blind girl.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', one of the regulars at a bar for the undead is Mrs. Gammage, a nearly-blind gray-haired and rather senile old lady who thinks it's the same (normal) bar she patronized decades ago. She thinks the other monsters are just regulars and is friendly to all of them, and they take care of her in kind; anyone who bothers her won't live long enough to regret it.
* Victor Hugo's ''Literature/TheManWhoLaughs'' has this with [[SlasherSmile Gwynplaine]] and the blind Dea.
* ''I'll Be Seeing You'' plays this for angst--the male lead is only temporarily blind from an injury, and the horribly scarred female lead is afraid of what will happen when he recovers and sees what she looks like. [[spoiler:He ultimately decides he doesn't care.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Beastly}}'', when the cursed Kyle asks his father for a tutor, his father sends him a blind one even though Kyle didn't specify ''that'' part. Played with in that Kyle nonetheless tells his tutor upfront what he really looks like, but Will is still one of the only people who doesn't treat him as if he's a monster. This also gets a nod at the end of the book, when [[spoiler:Kyle breaking his curse leads to a loophole that gets the tutor back his eyesight. When the tutor sees him for the first time, he's confused because he was expecting Kyle to still look like a monster.]]
* ''Literature/RedDragon''; Francis Dolarhyde falls in love with Reba [=McClane=] partly because she's [[DisabledLoveInterest blind]] and can't see his harelip, although it's strongly implied that most women he knew were attracted to him already - he's in ''very'' good shape. He just thinks of his harelip as being a much greater problem then it actually is, because, well, he's [[SerialKiller not a very emotionally well man]]. There's a moment of irony when she says she could tell he had some mouth abnormalities by the way he talked, but she of course didn't mind.
* The ''Creator/BruceCoville's Book of...'' series has a short story narrated by a basilisk long ago left to guard a treasure-filled tomb. Some robbers force [[DisabilityImmunity a blind boy]] into the tomb to steal stuff for them, and the basilisk strikes up a conversation with him. The story ends with the boy hiding the basilisk in his clothes, and taking him out when the robbers demand to see what he found in the tomb.
* The Hebrew-language short story ''The Blind Woman'' by Jewish-Ukrainian writer Ya‘akov Steinberg tells the story of a blind woman [[ArrangedMarriage whose mother makes her marry a man]]. Her mother lies about pretty much anything regarding the man, who does everything in his power to keep her from finding out about his profession; at the end of the story, [[spoiler:she is horrified to find out he’s an undertaker, a very stigmatised profession back then]].
* ''Marianela,'' a Spanish novel by Benito Pérez Galdós. An orphaned girl disfigured in an accident befriends a blind boy. [[spoiler:Surgery restores his sight, and she attempts suicide when he marries someone else.]]
* In a "Sweet Dreams" novel, a girl falls in love with a boy who was blinded in a car accident a year earlier. His girlfriend was killed as well. When the boy asks the girl to describe herself, she lies and claims to be blonde and blue-eyed, as his girlfriend was. When she finally admits the truth--she has dark hair and green eyes, he tells her that he already knew--the hesitancy in her voice tipped him off to the fact that she was lying and as such, he asked his mother to describe her to him.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Series/{{ALF}} befriends a blind woman in one episode of that series.
* The ''Series/DarkAngel'' episode "Hello, Goodbye" deals with a friendship between [[HalfHumanHybrid genetically engineered dog-man]] Joshua and a blind girl named Annie. She spends much of the episode talking about wanting to "see" him by feeling his face, something that he's understandably reluctant to do. He ends up having one of his more human-looking friends "stand in" for him. He eventually lets her "see" his real face after they're both chased into the sewers by local youths who want to hurt him, and she accepts him even though he's obviously not all human. She does bring up the potential UnfortunateImplications of this trope; although she doesn't hate Joshua, she's miffed that he took advantage of the fact she couldn't see. [[spoiler: Later, the [[TheMenInBlack Man In Black]] from the AncientConspiracy learns of their friendship and snaps her neck to frame the only people that the public knows have SuperStrength for the murder]].
* The ''MST3K'' episode ''Film/TheBruteMan'' had a killer named The Creeper (Creator/RondoHatton) befriending a blind girl. When the police discover their relationship, they talk her into luring him into a trap (which she feels bad about doing, even if he ''is'' a crazed killer.)
* Done in an episode of the ''Series/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' series, where one of the deputies considers himself hideous because he's overweight and awkward, and he falls for a blind girl who couldn't care less.
* In a late episode of the sitcom ''Series/{{Taxi}}'', Louie [=DePalma=] falls in love with a blind girl. While she undergoes an operation to restore her sight, he frets about whether she will reject him when she sees him. One thing he does while stewing is pluck out some of his eyebrow hairs. When the woman finally sees him, he's exactly like she expected, except that she pictured him having more hair in his eyebrows..
* Subverted on ''Series/ThirtyRock'': Kenneth falls for a blind woman who rejects him after feeling his face.
* Subverted on ''{{Becker}}'', when Jake (a blind black man) ends up going out with a blind white woman, but it ends in tears when he mentions his skin colour offhand several weeks later and she turns out to be a racist.
** Another episode deals with a unique twist on this trope... Jake starts dating a gorgeous woman, but the longer they date she stops wearing makeup, fixing her hair, or dressing nicely, essentially turning herself into a "Beast". Jake ends up breaking up with her because he feels like she's taking advantage of his blindness.
* Somewhat similarly twisted on ''Series/ChappellesShow'' with Clayton Bigsby, the blind white supremacist who doesn't realize he's black. His entire KKK chapter serves as the Magoo to his Monster, because he is hooded in all public appearances.
* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "The Big Wheel" partly focuses on the [=UnSub's=] friendship with a blind boy. The [=UnSub=] doesn't look particularly threatening let alone hideous or monstrous, but then again, the kid was there when the [=UnSub=] killed his mother.
* On the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Is There in Truth No Beauty?", the crew once had to transport an alien called a Medusan, who was so hideous you would [[GoMadFromTheRevelation go mad if you saw it]]. The Medusan's human companion, however, is a blind telepath, who describes his mind as the most beautiful thing she had ever experienced.
* Subverted on an episode of ''Series/WillAndGrace'' in which Will, who is a good-looking man, is set up on a date with a blind man. (Leads to a sort of WhosOnFirst incident when he realizes it's a ''literal'' blind date.) The man asks to feel Will's face so he can "see" him, which Will permits, and then the guy complains that just because he's blind, people always set him up with ugly dates.
* ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast:'' Catherine has her eyes covered with bandages when she first meets Vincent, and has fallen in love with him by the time her eyesight has been restored.
* In ''Series/NinjaTurtlesTheNextMutation'', Splinter is friends with a blind man named Andre, who moves in with the him and the turtles after being evicted from his apartment.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', both Curtis and Rudy try to flirt with an attractive blind girl who is making sculptures using their faces as models. The plot proceeds in typical Misfits fashion, as she rejects Curtis because despite being blind, she's a virulent racist. Then Rudy pursues her (while making repeated references to Music/LionelRichie, see Music) but he forgoes his normal CasanovaWannabe attitude to make a principled stand against her racism featuring Rudy-isms about how racism and blindness should "cancel out" and how StevieWonder proves his point... [[ShaggyFrogStory somehow]].
* In 1980's ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "To See the Invisible Man", Mitchell Chaplin is punished by being given an implant that means others have to ignore him and act as if he was not there. The only person to treat him decently during his sentence is a blind man who cannot see the implant. The blind man is quite angry when he learns that Mitchell has tried to trick him into breaking the law by acknowledging his existence.
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* The {{Vocaloid}} song ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUzNVK55xd4 The Ogre and the Maiden]]'' is about a lonely forest monster who is befriended by a blind woman. She eventually learns what he really is, but doesn't care, since she knows he's a good person inside. The music video, for its part, [[AdaptationalAttractiveness represents the ogre as a handsome human youth]], but there are a few scenes where he looks like a traditional ''oni''.
* The video of the song "Hello" by Lionel Richie has Richie in love with a blind artist who makes a sculpture of his face.

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* In the first ''WildArms'', the demon Zed is given a PetTheDog moment when he befriends a blind girl.

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[[folder: Visual Novels ]]

* Hanako Ikezawa from ''KatawaShoujo'' was left disfigured (but not horribly so) in an fire. Lilly, her best friend, is blind since birth. However it's actually reversed, as with her [[PhysicalScarsPsychologicalScars severe emotional scars to go along with her physical ones]], Hanako seems to be the only one who thinks that she's a monster [[spoiler: being shunned by the other kids at the orphanage where she grew up after the house fire that killed her parents and scarred her does that to a person]]. While not everyone is repulsed by her appearance, many of those who are not, such as Hisao, often act awkwardly while trying to avoid looking at her scars, and Hisao suspects that as that does not apply to Lilly, it was easier for her to befriend Hanako.

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[[folder:Webcomics]]

* Subverted somewhat in ''Webcomic/UnintentionallyPretentious'' with Mia and Luthor as the blind and the bald. While originally unaware of his BaldOfAwesome, she claims [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=92 "she likes his candy shell"]].
** Luthor is one [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=155 sexy]] beast.
* Deconstructed in ''SexyLosers'': a pervert whom nobody wants to date starts taking care of a blind girl because she cannot see his perversity.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' where [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera Erik]] starts dating [[RepoTheGeneticOpera Blind Mag]] after they get stuck in the elevator for a bit. She's touched his face and knows what's there, but points out that her story has worse in it.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''Theatre/{{Starship}}'': When Bug, the main character and a young bug, first meets February, a human Starship ranger who has been "wrangled" (taken captive and temporarily blinded) for the purpose of having eggs implanted in her chest, [[LoveAtFirstSight they fall for each other]]. This is at least partially owed to the combination of [[AliensSpeakingEnglish Bug's impeccable English]] and the fact that February can't see that he's not actually human.
* {{Gorgeous Gorgon}}s [[http://porcelain-requiem.deviantart.com/gallery/493414#/d38qvne can find love too]].
* [[http://notalwaysromantic.com/the-true-meaning-of-seeing-clearly/18745 This]] [[Website/NotAlwaysRight Not Always Romantic]] post has a blind guy charmed by the "ugly" girl, rather than her vain friends. He even drops the appropriate aesop.
* [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] by [[http://www.elfwood.com/~ursula/Tea-With-The-Griffin.3309115.html Ursula Vernon]]:
-->The mouse was, indeed, blind (being descended from one of a moderately famous trio) but was also nobody's fool, and there was absolutely nothing wrong with his hearing...

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Hudson befriends Jeffrey Robbins, a blind veteran, in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. Like every character in the series, he ends up becoming a recurring character. Though later in a twist, Robbins reveals that he suspected Hudson wasn't human all along, which is good because he now needs to help him out--Hudson's sight is going and they need to find someone discreet enough to do the surgery. Jeffrey finds a doctor for him and goes with him to the operation.
* Something similar happens to Beast in the '90s ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' cartoon. Oddly, Hank thinks Carly is unaware he's a mutant, even though she previously made a joke about his fur. (Though that may be due to her father.) And when her sight is eventually restored (thanks to Beast's help), one of her first comments is how nice she thinks his soft blue fur looks.
* In an episode of ''AaahhRealMonsters'', "Monster Blues", Ickis befriends a blind old man and ends up saving his life.
* Subverted in ''{{Futurama}}'', in which the blind guy was one of the kids who picked on Leela for only having one eye. "My eyes may not work, but at least I have two of them!"
** Played straight (with a twist) in "Stench and Stenchibility". Zoidberg is unable to find a woman who can stand his bodily odor, until he meets a flower girl who has no sense of smell.
* ''GummiBears'': Tummi Gummi briefly befriended a blind lady.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' had a subplot involving Raphael seeking refuge in the home of a blind old lady, who mistook him for a volunteer worker sent to help her. As you might imagine, it mainly focused on Raph's JerkWithAHeartOfGold status.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' has the Turtles meet a chef named Murakami, who is blind. He gets kidnapped by the Purple Dragons to lure the Turtles out of hiding. [[spoiler:He reveals that he knew that they were Turtles, stating that "I do have other senses", but doesn't care because they saved his life.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Groundskeeper Willie (basically used as an expy of Dick van Dyke's chimneysweep) was previously engaged to [[Film/MaryPoppins Sherry Bobbins]]. She dumped him after she had surgery that restored her eyesight.
-->'''Sherry Bobbins:''' It's good to see you, Willie.
-->'''Groundskeeper Willie:''' That's not what yer said the first time yer saw me!
* ''FamilyGuy'' rather [[BlackComedy dickishly]] parodies ''Film/{{Mask}}'' [[note]]the 1985 film starring Cher, not the 1994 comedy with JimCarrey[[/note]]. A man with degenerative disease, which has greatly disfigured his face, finds romance with a blind girl during a summer camp job. She touches his face and promptly gets grossed out.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Joseph Merrick, better known as The Elephant Man, expressed on several occasions the desire to [[InvokedTrope go to a home for the blind and pick up chicks]].
* Creator/RoaldDahl fell in love with the nurse who treated him after he was temporarily blinded during an emergency landing in World War II. Upon regaining his sight, he saw that she was quite attractive, but still decided he no longer loved her.

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