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3. Read on Two Levels.

Stop By can be read on at least two levels. First, every reader can enjoy it as a sweet, light romantic tale with plenty of sentimental involvement and an emotional payoff. Secondly, as I will describe below, it touches upon some deeper levels and traditions that are also very rewarding. Stop By is a powerful story, banking for its energy on raw, universally understandable emotions. It is simple and elegant, sweet and engaging, yet with some dark undercurrents (loss, depression, and contemplation of suicide) that open deeper levels of engagement for readers who choose to delve down the extra layer of understanding.