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"The Girl Who Took Lessons"  
Playboy August 1988
Author Harry Turtledove
First Appearance Playboy
Collected Kaleidoscope
Publication date August, 1988

"The Girl Who Took Lessons" is a short story by Harry Turtledove. It was originally published in Playboy Magazine in August, 1988 and was later reprinted in Kaleidoscope and 3xT.

The story follows the marriage of Mike and Karen Vaughan. It details their hobbies, reading for Mike and taking classes for Karen, as well as their eventual divorce when it becomes clear the type of lessons she was taking.

Turtledove writes of this story "I was shooting the breeze with a friend of mine one day when he said, 'Why don't you put me in one of your stories?' So I did, sort of. I don't write mainstream fiction very often. I don't sell it very often, either; this story makes once. Thanks, Bob."

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