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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (excerpt no. 2)

Auction houses all over the city called him, as well as private clients; he restored furniture for Sotheby’s, for Christie’s, for Tepper, for Doyle. After school, amidst the drowsy tick of the of the tall-case clocks, he taught me the pore and luster of different woods, their colors, the ripple and gloss of tiger maple and the frothed grain of burled walnut, their weights in my hand and even their different scents-“sometimes, when you’re not sure what you have, it’s easiest just to take a sniff”-spicy mahogany, dusty-smelling oak, black cherry with its characteristic tang and the flowers, amber-resin smell of rosewood.