She is the age of Shakespeare’s Juliet—14 years old—and, like Juliet, she has a romantic and tragic history. She is, in her extraordinary way, beautiful, particularly in profile. Her exotic face, lengthened by high cheekbones and large, slanting eyes, suggests a distant oriental ancestry. Her mouth is open, as if defying the world with the whiteness of her perfect teeth, which jut forth slightly and squeeze her top lip in a coquettish grimace. Her long black hair, collected together in bunches, frames her face like the habit of a young nun newly admitted to a convent. The hair then folds…
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