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Romance Is a Bonus Book: Episode 9

We’ve passed the half-way point and it’s time our heroine got some answers from our hero. However, the answers Eun-ho has to give, might not be what Dan-yi is ready to hear.

 
EPISODE 9:”It’s Like Reading That Old Book For The First Time”

Hae-rin and Seo-joon marvel at the snow and then instantly text their respective crushes. Both go unanswered, however, as said crushes, Eun-ho and Dan-yi, are enjoying the snow together outside. Eun-ho’s comment on the beautiful snow triggers Dan-yi’s memory to his similar observation of the moon and the implied meaning, “I love you.”

Dan-yi flashes back to the night she’d told Eun-ho it made sense for a man to be turned off by an older, divorced single-mother, and he’d soberly replied that it never bothered him. Looking at Eun-ho now, Dan-yi asks point-blank if he likes her. Eun-ho freezes.

Without so much as a glance her way, Eun-ho pivots and heads back into the house. Once inside, his knees give out. Eun-ho panics that he nearly allowed Dan-yi to reject him on the spot. Dan-yi blinks after him, bewildered as to why he didn’t just deny it outright.

Meanwhile, Hae-rin and Seo-joon part ways. Checking their phones, they’re both disappointed to find no replies.

Dan-yi storms into the house and confronts Eun-ho. He’s composed himself by now, and his face is impassive as she pesters him to just say he doesn’t like her. Eun-ho coolly tells her to think whatever makes her comfortable. He tries to return to work, but Dan-yi won’t follow until he finally says he doesn’t like her.

Unconvinced, Dan-yi recalls feeling him caress her face and tries to imagine alternatives (such as a pencil eraser or a marker). Eun-ho catches her rolling an eraser over her cheek and taps her head with his pencil, chiding her to focus. Dan-yi grumbles she’s his elder and Eun-ho snaps he’s tired of hearing it.

Dan-yi is sure she felt something caress her face and Eun-ho asks if she dreamed something dirty. Returning to the manuscript, Dan-yi shrinks back when Eun-ho leans over to check her progress. He resumes reading, but suddenly asks what she’ll do if he does like her.

Eun-ho points out that he’s actually quite a catch and thinks she should be happy if he liked her. “You should think about it,” he adds, “If you accept me…” But Dan-yi cuts him off with a series of smacks.

Finally grabbing hold of her flailing arms, Eun-ho finishes that he’ll be good to her. He wonders if he should just like her and if she’d agree to date him. Dan-yi warns him to knock it off. Undeterred, Eun-ho calls her by name and says she’s cute and beautiful.

“I love you, Kang Dan-yi,” Eun-ho smiles sweetly… and Dan-yi headbutts him! Her arms free, Dan-yi wrubs her wrists and grumbles that he made her resort to violence. Eun-ho pouts and Dan-yi snaps at him to get back to work.

Wandering around an art exhibit, Hae-rin bumps into Seo-joon again and they laugh at the coincidence.

At work the following day, Dan-yi leafs through the mail and notices a letter addressed to the missing author–aka Eun-ho’s father–and guesses it’s fanmail. Shes greeted by a playful hipcheck from Yeong-ah, who pouts at Dan-yi’s formal greeting because they’re friends now. Aww.

The women giggle in the elevator as they show off dance moves for their next club night. The elevator opens to reveal Director Ko . Dan-yi attempts a friendly greeting… only to revert to formal speech when Director Ko stares blankly at her. Director Ko tells Dan-yi to pick up another gift, but this time, there’s no bite to her order.

In the office, everyone cheers for the newest book Hae-rin worked on getting printed. Dan-yi delivers a copy to President Jae-min and he’s thrilled that she indulges his eccentricities. She then takes a copy to Director Ko.

Opening the cover, Director Ko frowns and in his office, Jae-min does the same. They run out to speak with Hae-rin, but it’s too late–the author has already seen the error in his bio. Director Ko is livid that Hae-rin didn’t check it before printing.

Hae-rin apologizes, but levels a glare at Ji-yul. A flashback reveals Hae-rin assigned the task to Ji-yul, but the newbie had left out one of the author’s vital credentials. Everyone discusses how to handle the error, lamenting having to reprint the entire batch of hardcover copies.

Shaking, Hae-rin’s legs give out and she dives for her secret soju stash. Dan-yi fails to stop her and is unable to adequately hide Hae-rin with her hands. Everyone stares in horror as Hae-rin downs the container and then barks at Ji-yul to meet her in the conference room.

Eun-ho checks Hae-rin’s drawer–despite Dan-yi’s attempts to block him–and orders her to throw out Hae-rin’s stash. Turning to the rest of the office, Eun-ho tells them not to let the president or Director Ko get wind of it.

In the conference room, Hae-rin slams her jacket onto the table, repeatedly. She spits that she wishes Ji-yul would quit, but admits it’s Ji-yul’s life and choice… However, regarding this incident, Hae-rin considers those books her flesh and blood. She orders Ji-yul to correct the mistake with stickers… alone… by tomorrow.

Returning to her desk, Hae-rin places an order for the stickers. Eun-ho questions it, and Hae-rin bursts into tears, crying that she doesn’t want to do it either, but she can’t stand to see all those books shredded for missing one word.

At the hospital, Seo-joon beams when he locates his mother, who turns out to be a volunteer. Sitting down for a break, Seo-joon urges Mom to quit volunteering, citing her health. She reminds him the doctor said she’s fine, but Seo-joon argues cancer isn’t something you just spring back from.

Mom insists she feels better doing this. Changing the subject, she asks, “Did you go on a date with that tall lady?” Seo-joon is flustered when she asks for a photo, promising to give her one next time. He gives her a postcard from the art exhibit and suggests they go together before it ends.

Arriving at the printing warehouse, Ji-yul discovers her credit cards have all been canceled when she tries to pay the taxi driver, forcing her to relinquish all her cash. Inside, a worker guides her to the books and Ji-yul is appalled when he lays her coat down on one of the stacks.

She’s on the verge of tears as she gently places her bag atop the coat. Calling her mother, Ji-yul wonders if she should just quit already. Mom balks that she has to tough it out at least 3 months in order to get married and hangs up when Ji-yul begs her to reactivate the credit cards.

At the office, Eun-ho wraps up a call and announces they’ve received additional print orders for two books. The first is a book Ji-hong edited and everyone gives him a round of applause. Pausing to smile meaningfully at Dan-yi, Eun-ho announces the second book.

Another of his team members stands to get applause for her editorial work, but Eun-ho credits Dan-yi, since the surge in sales occurred thanks to the content she’d posted on the company blog. Even Director Ko smiles as everyone erupts into a round of applause.

Sneaking away to check the response online, Dan-yi does her happy dance. Eun-ho catches her and smiles,teasing that she’s supposed to be buying a gift right now.

At the mall, Dan-yi purchases the gift and pauses to look at a nice shirt for Eun-ho. Meanwhile, Eun-ho is at the jewelry counter to buy a necklace. Dan-yi tells the clerk not to bother gift-wrapping the shirt and receives a call from Eun-ho to meet him at the jewelry counter.

Showing Dan-yi the necklaces, Eun-ho asks which she likes best. Dan-yi wants to know who it’s for, but Eun-ho only offers her a vague description of the woman that Dan-yi boils down to “nice and pretty.” She says that’s all men look for and growls when Eun-ho adds they also look for nice bodies. Hee.

Finally, Dan-yi selects a necklace and Eun-ho gets close to use her as a model. Dan-yi flinches when he reaches for her to take it off again, and Eun-ho asks if she’s returning to the office. Dan-yi confirms it and Eun-ho tells her he’s going to the university for a lecture.

Dan-yi continues to stand there and Eun-ho smirks, wondering why she’s not leaving. Dan-yi awkwardly zips off, and in the elevator tries to work out Eun-ho’s strange behavior. She mutters that he doesn’t like her, so he must be teasing her. Oh, honey…

Back at the office, Dan-yi sets Eun-ho’s shirt on her desk and runs off to deliver the gifts. While borrowing Dan-yi’s stapler, Hae-rin notices the shirt. She texts Seo-joon to meet her to sign the contract.

Hae-rin stops by the break room and Dan-yi proudly reveals that she saved Hae-rin’s soju stash and hid it under a bench. The women grin at each other just as a text rolls in. Hae-rin holds it up for Dan-yi to read Eun-ho admonishing Hae-rin not to drink again at the office or he’ll write her up.

Sobering, Hae-rin tentatively asks Dan-yi about her work at Eun-ho’s (for the manuscript) and if she’d seen anyone else there. Confused, Dan-yi answers no. Hae-rin breathes a sigh of relief and grins that she knew Eun-ho had lied to her (about living with a woman), while Dan-yi looks uncomfortable.

Hoon screams for Dan-yi to hold the elevator that evening as they leave work. He tells her he’s heading over to help Ji-yul and Dan-yi smiles that she’s doing the same. Hoon tells her not to, since he’s going and Dan-yi, oblivious to his implications, frowns that they’ll never finish on their own.

Hoon changes tactics and tells her Director Ko had left her another task. Panicked that she hadn’t seen it, Dan-yi remains in the elevator as Hoon skips out. As the doors shut between them, Hoon admits he lied and scurries off to Ji-yul.

He finds her at the warehouse, covered in stickers. Ji-yul squeals to see he brought food and declares Hoon her saviour, pulling him in for a hug. They break apart and Hoon attempts to go in for a second hug but is rebuffed as Ji-yul suggests they eat.

Hae-rin meets Seo-joon to sign the contract. Seo-joon says reading a book sometimes reveals what kind of person the editor is. Hae-rin asks his impression of her and Seo-joon replies, “Headstrong, but flexible.”

Smilling, Hae-rin hands him the contract for three books: Writer Yu’s novel and then two of his choice. Seo-joon wants to add a condition to work separately from the company’s design team and that no one should show him other covers they like, since it suggests they want him to do something similar. Hae-rin nods along, making notations.

Seo-joon asks if she’s listening, since her responses are coming so easily. Hae-rin clarifies that she’s merely agreeing to his terms, adding that she prefers people to be precise. “It’s all about making a good book, isn’t it?” she smiles.

Sheepishly, Hae-rin admits she’d drafted an alternative contract for five books, instead of three. She implores Seo-joon to sign that one instead, promising to do a good job. Looking at Hae-rin thoughtfully, Seo-joon asks if she likes making books.

Hae-rin replies that she does and Seo-joon opts for the five-book contract, since he and Hae-rin have similar views. She excitedly asks if he’ll stretch it for ten and they playfully haggle how many books he’ll agree to.

On the bus home, Dan-yi mulls over her recent interactions with Eun-ho. Her thoughts are interrupted when he calls to ask when she’ll be home. Flustered, Dan-yi fibs she’s still at work and Eun-ho hangs up, smiling down at the bouquet and gift he’s bought her.

Hae-rin tells Seo-joon she’ll be stopping by Eun-ho’s and he offers to accompany her, since he lives in the neighborhood. Dan-yi shuffles home, thinking of how close Eun-ho had been when clasping the necklace on her earlier. She spots Hae-rin and Seo-joon round the corner just in time to duck behind Eun-ho’s car.

Eun-ho places the flowers and gift in Dan-yi’s room and then goes to answer the doorbell. He expression stiffens when he sees Hae-rin and sighs as he opens the gate. Seo-joon spots Dan-yi but heeds her silent plea not to say anything.

Eun-ho reminds Hae-rin he’d forbade her from coming over. Hae-rin grins that he lied about having a female roommate, adding she didn’t drink today. She follows Eun-ho inside and Dan-yi comes out from her hiding spot.

Seo-joon guesses no one from work knows her living arrangement, and happily announces he signed a contract with her company like she’d wanted. Dan-yi smiles that they’ll see each other more often. Seo-joon asks about his text, and Dan-yi awkwardly says she’d been busy and forgotten to reply.

Inside the house, Hae-rin proudly shows Eun-ho the contract she’d just signed with Seo-joon, but noting Eun-ho’s expression, worries he’s upset she dropped by. Eun-ho cuts her off to say she’d forgotten a book last time she was over. Hae-rin doesn’t recall, but Eun-ho tells her to fetch it off the bookshelf.

Sighing that Eun-ho still doesn’t know her feelings (referring to the many notes she’s hidden on his bookshelf), Hae-rin pulls out the book Eun-ho indicated and a red envelope falls to the floor. It’s a response letter from Eun-ho and tears spring to her eyes as she learns Eun-ho has read all of her letters, but pretended not to know.

Eun-ho:“Your feelings for me were beautiful and precious, so I didn’t want to mistreat it. The woman I’ve known for three years is passionate, diligent, and beautiful. That is why you will find a better guy than me. Someone who recognizes you. Someone who makes you shine. Someone who makes you happy. At least, someone who won’t pretend not to know your feelings.”

Eun-ho writes that he’d rather be a great colleague to her, and promises to wait until she meets a nice boyfriend, thanking her for liking him. Hae-rin tearfully admits to Eun-ho that she’d lied about having boyfriends because only when she was dumped would Eun-ho pay attention to her.

He quietly tells her to pick better guys and Hae-rin laughs that he’s making it harder by dumping her so nicely. She tells him to keep his promise to wait and they smile sadly at each other. Eun-ho’s phone rings and his face falls when he sees the caller, “KAPYONG.”

Having relocated to the udon restaurant, Seo-joon notes Dan-yi’s troubled expression and offers to lend an ear. Dan-yi starts by saying she has an old book, and when Seo-joon asks the title, she thinks, “The title is Cha Eun-ho.” Eun-ho speeds down the road and tells the caller he’s on his way.

Dan-yi says that whenever she felt tired, happy, or empty, she’d take out her book and read it. But lately, the book seems different. “It is definitely the book that I read over and over again countless times, but I keep on… seeing new sentences I haven’t seen before.”

She notes that there’s lines she’s seemed to have missed and it feels like she’s reading a whole new book. Seo-joon replies, “The book hasn’t changed. I’m pretty sure it’s you who changed. The heart of the reader has changed.”

Eun-ho arrives at a house and runs upstairs. A man informs him that “he” just fell asleep, but suffered severe wounds from a fall. Eun-ho bursts into a room where an older gentleman sleeps fitfully on a bed, scratches covering his face. His wrists and ankles are tethered to the bed posts with rope.

Tearing up, Eun-ho gently touches the man’s face and then removes one of the ropes, that has left angry red marks. He moves to another and breaks down into sobs.

 
COMMENTS

Holy crow… so, it’s probably safe to assume the man on the bed is Eun-ho’s father (aka the missing author, aka possibly Seo-joon’s father). The actual bindings on his wrists and ankles were a shock, but I get the impression those might be there to keep him from hurting himself, rather than keep him captive. Which makes Eun-ho’s violent reaction to Seo-joon’s accusation of keeping Dad tied up, that much more understandable. Because it’s true, but in the most heartbreaking way.

I find it interesting that Dan-yi knows nothing about this part of Eun-ho’s life. Just as she kept her marital problems from Eun-ho, he seems to be hiding his biological father from her. We’ve come to understand Dan-yi’s reasoning, but Eun-ho’s is up in the air until we have more information. We know he knew about his biological father when he signed on with Jae-min, and the company started 10 years ago. So has Dad been in this state all this time? Has Eun-ho been shouldering that all alone? At first, I’d assumed he just didn’t like his dad and that’s why he didn’t want to discuss it, but this is pretty dark…

On a brighter note, I am so glad that last episode allowed me to unabashedly adore Director Ko. I’ve always wanted to like her, because despite her steely exterior, there were glimpses of an awkward, insecure woman underneath… but it was hard when she took her personal frustrations and insecurities out on Dan-yi. Last episode let her shine and revealed to Dan-yi and Yeong-ah that their boss had a hidden cute side. On the surface, the dynamic with Director Ko seemed to revert to pre-club shenanigans, but there was an underlying softness to her this hour. She’s still a badass, but the bitterness has ebbed and an unspoken understanding has been established between her and Dan-yi.

I love love love the strong female relationships this show is building. When Director Ko actually smiled when Dan-yi was congratulated for the blog? I about cried happy tears, because women supporting women is all I could ever want in a world where women are often pitted against each other. Not to mention Dan-yi trying her best to protect Hae-rin with the soju incident (and saving the stash for her). And literally everything with Yeong-ah.

Hae-rin still dominates as my favorite character, though. I appreciated the way Eun-ho handled her crush. It had gotten to the point where he could no longer let it go unaddressed–both because his lack of rejection was inadvertently leading Hae-rin on, and because her constant appearances at the house are interfering with Dan-yi. His letter was a perfect bookend to her confessions, and is a great example of proper communication and respect towards Hae-rin. Now that she’s been given a firm answer, I hope she’ll be able to move on. Perhaps to a handsome neighborhood friend with a dog?

Which brings us to Dan-yi. The seed has finally been planted and she spent the entire hour waffling between whether Eun-ho liked her or not. Her conversation with Seo-joon at the end was so great, because he gave her the best advice (and sadly, he didn’t even know it): that it’s not Eun-ho that’s changed, but Dan-yi. We know Eun-ho has loved Dan-yi since forever ago, but Dan-yi’s feelings have always been firmly planted in her noona role. It was easy when Eun-ho was a student and then when Dan-yi was married… but she’s not anymore, and Eun-ho is an adult now. Time has leveled the playing field and this round, Dan-yi doesn’t have the upper hand. It’ll be interesting to see what happens next.

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I am really loving this show as it progresses. I feel such warmth when I watch this show (Except when people are tied to the bed!!)
Every character is interesting and I am interested in all their stories.
When I started this drama, I was in it for Dan-Yi. Not the romance.
I still want the show to focus on her getting back to workforce and building a career.
She is a woman who has hit rock bottom - husband cheated, marriage ended, became homeless, sending kid far off because she couldnt put a roof on top of the kids head, living off a friends house etc. I really don't want this drama being about romance alone.
I want Dan-Yi to get her life back, revive her self-esteem, build her independence and then evaluate the romance.

And yes, Yay to girl power. Loving all the female characters who are all in different phases of their life - a newbie, a new manager, senior manager, director, a women re-entering workforce! all of them are awesome and will become more awesome!

And that rejection - damn, that was hard to watch. It truly was well done.

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Oh yes there is warmth to the show :)
I love the friendship between the female staff, how DY hid HR's secret stash of soju and Yeong Ah / DY calling each other "friend". And EH's gentle rejection, reverting that ambiguous relationship back to friendship and sunbae/hoobae mentorship.

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"And EH's gentle rejection, reverting that ambiguous relationship back to friendship and sunbae/hoobae mentorship."

This! Best handling ever! Is it the script or the acting, or both?

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LJS's voiceover! :D
(the script gets credit as well but obviously I'm biased)

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It was well-written and beautifully executed & acted.
he stands away from her, makes tea for her, giving her the space to absorb the rejection. Yet, he watches over her making sure she is ok.
She reads the letter, hopeful yet fearing, and as she reads she senses it, but then she smiles because its so beautiful. And then as the reality sets in she tears up. But still she feels the warmth in that letter. She can't hate him.
She can't run away from him.
Choosing to face it, she puts up a brave smile.
That scene was simply beautiful.

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Both. The writing of EH's rejection is exquisite, and his acting superb (for it is not just the actor acting, but the character is acting as well). As a poet, writer, writing coach, and editor--who has done a bit of acting and performance poetry back in the day--I find this drama as complex, surprising, sweet, and mysterious as writing itself.

It also shows the depth of the world of independent publishing and the love that goes into it--not to mention the jealousy, anger, hard work, exhaustion, joy, disappointment, etc. Of course it is romanticized a bit (I’ve never met a publisher who caresses and kisses each new book), but then it is a drama, not a documentary.

But it pretty accurately encompasses every aspect of independent book publishing, and stresses that book design is an art itself.

And that it goes from writing to dancing to painting to music. After all, art is art whatever form it takes.

Though I don't often post comments--and have NEVER outed myself as a writer, etc.--I'm so enamored of this drama that I think I may be following Beanies' comments and possibly participating.

Thank you, Beanies, for allowing someone who mostly lingers on the edge and dips her toe (or pen?) occasionally into discussions to feel comfortable doing just that--i.e., participating when possible and just enjoying others' posts the rest of the time.

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There is always one such drama which does that to you.
It was MyAjushi for me :))

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This was my first time to post for a drama too inspite of being a Kdrama fan since like . uhmm.. "All About Eve" 🤫 😂! Such a unique drama (not really for everyone - see ratings ☹️) that I needed a place to rave and appreciate it with people who felt the same way.

And I ❤️d My Ahjussi too! I remember lurking in the recaps for the drama, because same as RIABB, it has a such a specific audience! Unforgettable scene, when the oldest brother spent his money for the grandma's funeral and asked their friends to pay their respects. 😭😭😭

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Warm is the keyword for Gyeoro publishing company.. it would be nice to work there..

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I love love love Haerin's passion for her work. You can see how much she enjoys being an editor and takes great pride in the work she accomplishes. It's not an angle that many dramas stress, so I am quite happy seeing such a passionate and wonderful character (because she is wonderful).

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Thank you, Sunny, for the lovely recaps. I am enjoying the show very much; I find the individual storylines as fascinating as the portrayal of life at a publishing house.

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I didn't like the I love you or not part. It was weird... I have never been invested in their lovestory and the way it turned didn't make me more interested in.

I love the character of Hae Rin (even more in the next episode).

All the mysterious writer tied to his bed is kind of weird too. I'm not a big fan of this kind of trope. All the secret part is rarely justified and makes the actions very extrem...

It was not my favourite episode...

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I agree, this drama doesn't need the mystery part (man in ropes in a room). It has many things going for it in all the characters that they did not need to add something like this.

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Well I can tell that they're going to flip the emotional lines so the main leads end up together and the secondary leads end up with each other. It's well done but very, VERY, predictable. I really just don't feel there's chemistry there, and if the actors make it appear, well it'll be great acting on their part but it's still going to feel like "artificial vanilla flavor" instead of "natural vanilla extract" if you know what I mean.

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How can LJS go from the 'tseundre' boss, to the cool smooth guy to the adorable little dongseng so quickly? haha love to see his adorable cute dances!

As much as I actually liked Dan Yi with Seo Joon, at the end of the day whatever friendship they have will never trump the close bond that she has with Eun Ho.
On that note Seo Joon has a rather nice rapport with Hae Rin and I would support them getting together!

I can't wait for the father drama to be resolved and hopefully at the end of it we can get some much needed bromance!
The ladies club was amazing to watch and see them support each other as well. Even how Dan Yi and Hae Rin support each other. Having strong females is always a plus!

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I must say I'm a bit disappointed in EH's follow-up to his confession. I understand he's afraid of rejection and that's why he's never made the move all along. Now that he gathered the courage to be honest, by turning around right that moment, it undermines the gesture.
I do appreciate that this opens the door for serious discussion and for DY to view EH's words from a romantic view, not just a dongsaeng wanting to help his noona. BTW how sweet is it when EH said he'd treat her well!! 😍😍😍I totally agree the LJS / EH is a good catch :D

The storyline / mystery about EH's mentor ... I'm not sure I like where this is going but I have a feeling this storyline will become center focus over in the remaining episodes. 🤔 I quite like how the drama highlighted different aspects of book publishing (from transcribing manuscripts to proofreading and cover designing / marketing) so hopefully we'll see more of that.

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I agree, I found his backtracking disappointing too. It seems the writer wanted to end the episode on that dramatic moment, but wasn't ready to get them together yet.

I also think that the issue of the mentor is going to be big in the remaining episodes. I'm sure when Eun-ho asked Dan-yi early on if she would stand by him if everyone else turned against him, and would believe that he had a reason and something he was trying to protect -- I'm sure those weren't just throwaway words. They were foreshadowing that the situation will get exposed and he will get misjudged, and Dan-yi should be on his side.

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Dan Yi : 😂😂😂 (that imagination!)
Eun Ho : ❤️❤️❤️ (teasing DY, his rejection letter)
Seo Joon and Hae arin : 👍😏🤗 (romance is brewing and I'm all for it)
Dir Ko : 👍🤣 (actually smiled at DY's accomplishments, SIRI conversation, hahaha)
Hae Rin : 😞😞😞 (her heartbreak)
Seo Joon : 👏 (lended DY an ear, and I think he senses something is up)
Eun Ho: 😭😭😭 (His father)

This drama IS indeed an emotional roller coaster! You go from from funny, heart fluttering, sad then crying in 1 hour. Whew!

I think (and hope) the drama will not drag out storylines, the writer has a way of giving little clues along the way, until one of the plots is fully revealed.

Btw, anyone know where we can find a full translation of the text in the ending credits? I think we are losing a lot in translation! Getting a more detailed translation (than the subs in Netflix), might actually give us a lot more information.

Waiting for Recap for Ep 10 because... 😍 Hehehe

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Check the soompi threads for both the drama, and also the Lee Jong Suk thread. Someone over there (I think stroppsye, can't remember) translated some of them more fully. They're nice, and yeah, Netflix only briefly summarizes them.

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How do you find the Soompi threads?

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Got it. Thank you!!

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Thanks @rlg07 and @thatstp!

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*blink blink*
Eun Ho is playing this girl,
Annnnnd it's working,
'Cause she is falling,
And we're smiling!
Is it just me or was that necklace scene sexy as...

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That ladies' man EH sure knows how to make a woman fall for him. Kekeke

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I laughed so hard when EH suddenly went back inside the house and semi-collapsed. How anti-climactic XD

And finally, EH has properly rejected Hae Rin. I'm usually pissed at guys who tells you that you deserve someone better but it's true for Hae Rin. She deserves someone who recognizes her because she's really amazing.

And of course, I'm already feeling the cute rapport between her and Seo Jun. Feels like Seo Jun can be more at ease with her than with DY.

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Somehow the screencap that Sunny chose of HaeRin and SeoJoon facing each other really conveys to me how much in love they will be once they get together. Squee!

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Hi. I like the final written captions. Have you seen them? It was made like reading from a book/diary. I was the actually writings in Korean were more poetic.

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that last scene of Eun-ho with (I assume) author Kang really made me wanna reach out to him and pat his back... >.< that struggle between wanting someone you love to be free; yet when you do, it only seems to hurt them, and you, even more. stay strong Eun-ho yah.

and Hae-rin.. she's a strong one. she'll probably be happier with Seo-jun, as we can all probably predict...

locations (more to be updated):

Blume Museum of Contemporary Art [블루메미술관]: https://koreandramaland.com/listings/blume-museum-of-contemporary-art/

Art Gallery Café [아트갤러리카페]: https://koreandramaland.com/listings/art-gallery-cafe/

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It looks like the Library in Paju is a must to see if we're visiting Korea... :)

By the way, the Museum to me also looks like in one scene in "Boyfriend" when Soo-hyun visited the museum with JH and her ex-husband ex-girlfriend saw Soo-hyun. Well, I could be wrong... But the museum looks so familiar as well.. :).

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yes! very much so @lemoncello :) Paju Book City is worth a visit indeed - definitely on my list for my next trip! here it is, just in case: https://koreandramaland.com/listings/forest-of-wisdom-library/

also, thanks for the heads up on the museum! do you happen to remember which Encounter/Boyfriend episode that's in?

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I think it's in Episode 14 when Soo-Hyun hesitated to break-up with Jin-hyuk. I think it's in their last date before the break-up. Soo-hyun was there with JH, stared at a painting, and the woman her ex-husband "was dating" was also there. It happened that she's a painter. At the end, she gave Soo-Hyun a painting while explaining that there's nothing between her and her ex.

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thanks very much! we'll look into it :)

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Hey, it happened to be this museum https://koreandramaland.com/listings/chang-ucchin-museum-of-art-yangju-city/. But the interior looks almost similar... :)

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yes! i was going to say exactly that :)

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It is Hae-rin's fault for not proofing Ji-yul's author bio. Ji-yul is new and inexperienced. As the editor, it is Hae-rin's responsibility to check every word before sending the book off to print. She has no right to blame Ji-yul. How did the author Professor Kang react to the stickers when they said he is very fussy?

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They did mention reprinting 2 copies of the book - one for author and another for someone I can’t recall.

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In Episode 10, they said spoiler they will print a second batch after they sell all of the first batch, but that is still 5,000 stickers on the market that fussy Professor Kang will have to see at every book signing.

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Still loving this drama besides there's something new about this kind of story... I love the characters, they're so relatable. And my favourite thing about the whole show is pouty Lee Jong-seuk, eh... Eun-ho. LJS is super cute when he's pouting....

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LJS is incredibly the best-dressed man i've seen in Kdrama.

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His overcoat game is STRONG! Has he repeated even one?

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I was thinking the same. The subtle coat PPL just goes on week after week, and LJS makes then all look so good.

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Is it ppl? I never even thought of that. Lol.

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Drama coats are definitely ppl. Unfortunately they are way way out of my price range.

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I didn't know they were PPL either. How are we supposed to know the brand?

Man, this guy has worn 10 coats already.

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I'm not sure if the Brands are mentioned in some credits somewhere, however all the modern kdramas seem to be at least 'selling' Korean fashion and style in a big way... from shoes, coats, other clothes, makeup and hairstyles. Some are 'named' and some may not be.

A couple of us were amused that the poor (in Legend of the Blue Sea), can rummage in the 2nd hand clothes boxes and emerge with designer looking coats. Shows never lost an opportunity to 'sell' Korean style. 😂

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the writing remains simple, but so moving. loved that analogy dani shared with seojoon, and his response. eunho as the book she has cherished for a long time did not change, she is just looking at him with this new awareness now, that's bringing forth a lot of confusing feelings.

haerin is quickly shaping up to be one of my favorite secondary characters ever. she is sharp, charming in a gruff sorta way, and just so easy to adore with how much she cares about her job and genuinely loves what she is doing. one of the standout moments in this episode for me was when she stubbornly insisted on using stickers, sobbing but staunchly against the idea of shredding 5000 books because of a single miss. i really felt her devastation. i've seen the actress before in a lot of other shows, but i think this is the first time she's really gotten the chance to flex her skills a bit.

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That scene with Hae-rin got to me too.

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I really hope she gets a leading role after this.

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I was kind of surprised that he didn't see through that analogy. He caught on to her mood, and her relationship with a book really isn't enough to explain it.

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At some point I thought he did, but then I wasn't sure.

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Like Sunny, I find that Hae-rin has also become my favorite character. What can I say? Can one have Second Lead Syndrome for the female second lead? Except that the scenes of her and Ji Seo-Joon suggest that she will have a true real romance- the kind that Eunho and Dan-yi will never get to experience because they came together in a different way. And bonus: Ji Seo-Joon comes with a great dog. So maybe my anxiety is misplaced.

Hae-rin and Ji Seo-Joon and watched the snow together- and each tried to text their respective crushes. It is ironic- I couldn’t help but feel like grabbing them both and giving them a good shake. “Dummies. Don’t you see who is sitting in front of you?”. And when they meet immediately again art the art gallery- the writers are telegraphing this thing all the way.

Eunho wrote a beautiful note for Hae-rin. It made her cry, but it was the right thing to do- done in the nicest way. And perhaps now she will be free to love someone else.

As for Ji-yul and Hoon’s story: Her mom cut off Ji-yul’s credit cards as retaliation for Ji-yul’s ‘dating’ Park Hoon. Hoon goes to the warehouse to help her put on stickers- and even brings food (she’s starving) but Ji-yul still treats him like an appliance. She needs to grow a lot more- and I have a feeling that a moment will come when Hoon throws in the towel, turns his back on her- and goes out on a date with another girl. Just a hunch. But what a wake-up call for Ji-yul (if it is possible to wake her up). I am not sure who needs to grow up more- Ji-yul or her mother.

At the end of episode 9 we see Eunho crying over a sleeping Writer Kang. I have a feeling that he will be the bump in the road for Danyi and Eunho. But suddenly we have a whole chunk of unanswered questions, the biggest of which is What's Wrong With Writer Kang? (sorry, I just couldn't resist).

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Bits I love :
The first snow scene with SJ and HR was so beautiful, only to have them texting the ones that don't care for them. Romantic snow immediately turns into lonely snow. Hope they will have another real romance snow scene in the end.

DY comparison of EH as a well read book is so point on.

Bits I don't like :
It would have been much more considerate if EH let HR read the letter in private. After all, he has never acknowledged her crush, why stand there ? To put a beautiful end on her crush ? I feel so mortified for HR.

Just like DY's daughter is conveniently out of the way, EH's father/mentor is conveniently out of the way too. Until this big reveal that Author Kang is actually very sick. EH character just went down a few notch for me ...like he has been living such a cheerful life with dating and whatnot, when the father is locked up away sick somewhere.

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You shouldn't judge EunHo by that. We don't know what kind of father Kang was to him. Obviously, he wasn't around because DanI knows nothing about it and EunHo doesn't have his last name. That speaks more to what kind of father Kang was than what kind of son EunHo is. Also, EunHo has to live his life, he should be able to date and whatnot. The father is being taken care of and it might be what Kang wanted. Although I really think they should have him in a hospital bed with padded restraints, NOT rope. Other than that I don't see anything wrong with the setup.

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Well, we don't even know if its his father or what his relationship is. Or why he is doing this. Or what Kang has discussed with EunHo before 'something' happened to him.
The show tried to use ropes and tie back to the rumors , but it was a bad bad idea. Really writers - how could you even do this? Who ties a man in ropes????

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I'm going by what EunHo said. We don't know for sure if it really is his father but for right now we are to believe it is.

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I thought he has dementia, but still if it's not some private home but care facility they should be better equipped to deal with this kind of situation than using ropes.

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I think author kang just degraded recently to that stage of his sickness (dementia or alzheimers) and now EH will have to either transfer him to a facility or get proper equipment and staff to care for him. If he has to keep it private and safeguard the anonymity it will be difficult to get kang into a facility.

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He has enough money to hired specialized nurses for that, and NDA.

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"It would have been much more considerate if EH let HR read the letter in private."
He did. that's why he let HR went to the room by herself while he went to kitchen preparing the tea (for broken heart HR).

"like he has been living such a cheerful life with dating and whatnot, when the father is locked up away sick somewhere"
One does not have to living in a misery just to prove he/she being considered towards other's misery. EH's father has private nurse and doctor and live in nicest home. it's definitely not definition of negligence or total abandon (as someone need to pay the bills). and his father probably has mental sickness that cause him to hurt himself, cause him to being tied up. until the show reveals his story, I don't see why EH character should be judged differently.

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That rejection was heartbreaking but beautifully done. The rejection, scolding JiYul, supporting Editor Bong JiHoon, defending DanI to Ko...EunHo really is a class act when he is in grown man mode.

I look forward to SeoJoon and HaeRin realizing they have chemistry with each other.

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"when he is in grown man mode" - I find it so hilarious he switches to boy mode when DanYi is involved at home. I like how he lets his guard down when he is around her and we see another side to him.
I like that even though they both are in the same workplace its not a workplace romance. They both behave very collegue-like at work.

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Yes to all of this!

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I really loved this episode. DY has always been crap in the sentimental department and her behaviour reflects it. ahahah. Funny how the second lead is sabotaging his romantic relationship without realising it.
EH's dad seems to have alzheimers. I was shocked about the ropes...but it reminds you of what SJ said when they first met.
This part of his life is a mystery and I wonder how he found out about his biological father and why he did not tell DY. In my opinion the author came to him right before he decided to disappear. He knew EH was his son and since he is a fellow author he would have understood his reasoning on wishing to disappear while leaving behind a literary legacy unstained by the sickness that will destroy his mind and body. Maybe author Kang asked EH to promise him not to reveal the truth to anyone with the exception of the CEO since he would need to know why EH has all the rights to the books.

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Thanks @Sunny for a great recap. I enjoyed reading it and all the feelings the memories brought back.

There was much to love this episode. Yes to the wonderful female shenanigans and camaraderie, to looking forward to Ji Yul growing up with Park Hoon's help, to Hae Rin getting closer to Seo Joon and of course to Dan-I's dropping the "Noona only" relationship with Eun Ho.

I like how the show is slowly building up the Hae Rin-Seo Joon moments. We see that they are similar in more than just a couple of ways. They are so compatible that they will get on well together as friends or more. So there will definitely not be any complaints that their relationship blossoming into romance comes out of left-field.

I've not pegged Dan-i as dim, in fact I find her very bright if rather rash, however her lack of comprehension when broad hints are dropped is a bit much. At least she's consistent in both in the case of Park Hoon and Ji Yul as well as in the case of Eun Ho's very clear statements, ... consistently slow in having the penny drop, I mean.

However, I'm really liking the follow-through on the Bonus Book metaphor. We've already noted in the earlier episodes that the Books stand for people, and this episode takes it all the way as Dan-i speaks of her relationship to her long-time, oft read book. I found that a very apt analogy, how she thought she knew the book so well but now finds that she missed noticing so many lines that it seems like a new book.

I like the many references to books in life, like the intro to each show with either Eun Ho or Dan-i browsing the bookshelves, wondering which to take off the shelf. And that Hae Rin hid her letters among the books in Eun Ho's study, or how newly minted books are presented with great reverence to Jae Min, like the presenting of a new born child.

The best thing about this show is that practically every episode manages to give us something to laugh about, some stress and insightis into the book publishing business, but also balances these with a lot of sweet and positive moments. This is such a pleasant watch after a hard day, and such a relief after shows like 'Trap' and 'Item'!!! :-D

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Great catches on the books references throughout the drama.. very well written script 😊

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Dan-Yi is definitely slow when it comes to romance or matters of heart. Guess she has always been that way and that's probably why Eun-Ho is wedging slowly - otherwise she will just reject without thinking. He is giving her time to listen to her heart and ask herself some questions.

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Dan Yi finally knows Eun Ho’s feelings as well as starting to realize her own. Her clarity helps Seo Joon as well.

Having made his decision to reveal her feelings to Dan Yi Eun Ho also clears up the situation with Hae Rin and she is right, that was a very flattering and eloquent rejection, without giving reasons or unnecessarily mentioning his feelings for someone else. She asked Eun Ho to keep his promise and wait but I fear she will see the shirt Dan Yi bought for Eun Ho (which was too contrived for my taste. Not getting it gift wrapped is weird but okay and I do refuse unnecessary bags not to create waste but would not take my purchase out and set on my desk at work – weird!)

This is all very well timed for Seo Joon and Hae Rin as their dynamic continues to be awesome. Hae Rin has doe eyes for Eun Ho but she really lights up with Seo Joon (and Dan Yi, I love their chemistry as well).

While the groundwork is laid for the parallel loveliness the truth about writer Kang’s retirement is also revealed, we will see whether it will be an obstacle or helping hand for Eun Ho’s love… And I wonder if the fan mail that came for him was from Seo Joon. One thing I found unnecessarily exaggerated was the ropes used for the dramatic effect. Surely they could have found some hospital style velcro straps.

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Yes, the ropes took me out of the story for a while. There are other materials for tying people down to save them from themselves.

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seriously, that was drama for drama's sake.. really not needed. He could have just been locked in his room or strapped in his bed using some medical equipment.. ropes???!! I rolled by eyes so hard.. I am pretending that scene never happened.

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I mean I heard about it working with number of people who had to deal with they elder parents succumbing to dementia but it was always acts of desperation from ordinary people, and writer Kang has medical personnel taking care of him, and that's the best they can come with, I would be furious.

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Dan-Yi buying shirt - yes, I have done it many times - refusing bags, but I would have put it inside my handbag right away or inside my draw. Hae-Rin could have still peeked while she was putting inside her bag. I guess we all know what role the shirt has to play ; )

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I loved this episode so much, especially at Eunho calling himself a catch lol.

I do have to say, though, as an RN, there are much better ways to restrain someone besides rope.

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Funny thing is my mom fell in love with this drama first and has been constantly asking me to watch it. 1) because she knows my love for LJS 😍 and 2) she has an eye for mature love stories.

I see a lot of comments about how Eun-ho should have said things clearer or they didn't like him taking back his "the moon is beautiful" but he's been in love with Dan-i for many many years. She's his best friend, just blurting out I love you and please be mine is way too abrupt. She's use to him at arms length as a young "boy". He can't just force all his feelings on her now. It's too soon, he made a slip up because he loves her, but I know why I "took" it back. Imagine a best friend of yours. Childhood one, comes out of the blue saying they've loved you way more than a friend, but you never thought of them that way. It can't sadly ruin friendships if you don't love them back the way they want you too. It's not right for them to ask you to accept them you if can't, but you also shouldn't force them to forget those feelings either.

It's complicated😩😩

I love the mystery with the "dad" because we now can find of why Eun-ho has been hiding this side of himself and too why Dan-i doesn't even know.

Also the rejection seen of Hae-rin was the most touching seen. She handle it with grace while he gave her space but also made sure this time she knew. Her feels were going to have to come only that far for him. It's mature and beautiful of Eun-ho to write her a letter explaining how touched he was but also that he was on a different path then her.

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Dear show, you're awesome.

I don't remember the last book I read. But upon watching the show, I feel genuine urge to grab a bew book and read it. I feel the urge to feel pleasure from reading a good book and appreciate the book as it is a piece of art.

❤️

I love the show. It gives me everything I need. It is filled with so much warm feeling. I admit that I am about to search for the book Hae rin hs edited 'The Universe of Your'? Did I get the name right?

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I love your recaps of this show, @sunny. You pick up on and appreciate much of the same things that I love about this drama.

I have one question - I haven’t gone back to rewatch, but as the man (Doctor?) taking care of the man we presume to be the missing author Kang left the room, he said something in passing to Eun-ho. It Was something like, “you’re better to him than his own children,” or WTTE. It definitely gave me the impression that Eun-Ho was not biologically related to him, which is confusing since he identified author Kang as his father when he showed the publishing rights to his last works to Kim Jae-min, when he agreed to join in the startup publishing company. Maybe he is the illegitimate or adopted son, and Ji Seo-joon is the biological son or grandson.

There is also that passing comment about Dan-yi’s father - presumably a lawyer - helping Eun-Ho with his mother’s inheritance, which suggests a probate dispute. I am very curious about this, but my guess right now - and it is a guess - is that Seo-Joon is the grandson, and Eun-Ho is either the son of the woman author Kang loved later in his life and left his wife and children for, or he could actually be the child of that union. Since Seo-Joon is three years younger than Eun-Ho, and the author’s whereabouts are unknown to everyone except Eun-Ho, it seems as if the author separated from his family and was with Eun-Ho and his mother during the years before he disappeared. So it seems unlikely both Seo-Joon and Eun -Ho are brothers.

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