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Equivalent by Amy Hempel (excerpt)

The former owner was supposed to fix the door. Instead, he left behind a pool-cleaning robot. He said it was equivalent to fixing the front door, though the house had no pool. It had once had a pool, but the seller’s wife had been the swimmer, and when she died four years earlier, he filled in the pool.