“I loved her.”
Ray gazed back, his face as empty as a rubber mask.
“You know what that’s like, Ray?”
Ray shook his head.
“It’s like knowing all the answers on a test the minute you sit down at your desk. It’s like knowing everything’s going to be okay for the rest of your life. You’re going to ace. You’re going to be fine. You’ll walk around forever, feeling relieved, because you won.” He turned away from his brother. “That’s what it’s like.”
– Dennis Lehane, Mystic River (p. 265)