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We buy the girls a hermit crab while at the beach. In the gift shop, Caroline, six, and Rhea, four, watch dozens of pink- and purple-painted shells slowly crawl like bacteria around the wire tub before deciding on one with a conical, ridged shell and a meaty pointer. A sea sponge, a water cup, some food, and a smaller wire cage are purchased. As we ride the boardwalk train back to the hotel, names are tossed out, little Frisbees of conversation, Caroline and Rhea facing us, on our laps.
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