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And he asked me to let him paint me nude, like Juan does now.... ” <’ GRANDMOTHER: '“Child! ” GLOJUA: “It’s true. And I didn’t want to. Mama, because you know very well that-even though Roman, has said so- many things about me. I’m a very decent girl___” GRANDMOTHER: “Of course, my dear, of course___Your hus­ band is'wrong to paint you that way; if poor Juan had-money for models, he wouldn’t do it.... I know, my child, that you make the sacrifice for him; that’s why I love you so much___” GLORIA: “There were all these purple lilies on the castle grounds.

If I had, that was the moment I would have de­ spised Juan—” GRANDMOTHER: “Juan did the right thing. He sent you here. to me..... ” GLORIA: “That night they didn’t say anything about me, noth­ ing. When Juan came to bed, he found me crying. I told him I d had bad dreams. That he was leaving me alone with the baby. Then he caressed me and fell asleep without saying anything. I stayed awake, watching him sleep; I wanted to see what he was dreaming—” GRANDMOTHER: “It’s nice to watch-people you love sleeping.

When I was young it wouldn’t have occurred to anybody.... When I was young we had a big garden that went all the way down to the ocean___Your grandfather once gave me a kiss___ I didn’t forgive him for many years. ” GLORIA: “Wdien we came here I was very scared. ” GRANDMOTHER: “He changed in the months he was in prison; they tortured him there; when he came back we almost didn’t rec­ ognize him. But Juan was even unluckier; that’s why I understand Jiian better. Juan needs me more. And this girl needs me, too.

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