The Angle

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"She was the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. Sue was nineteen, but her fully matured body and large frame made her appear in her early thirties. It was sad to see her crouched like a Hindu on that straw and filth covered floor clutching her child as though at any moment it might be snatched from her. She sat motionlessly with her bare knees pointing awkwardly at oblique angles toward the stone walls. How I would have dressed this queen! With gowns and furs and a tiara for her long black hair. But 1as it was her beauty was housed in a short plain dress made gray and thin from too many washings. And yet she had elegance. Her smudged forehead and darkened eyes could not obscure this fact. And she was gentle. She shared her natural warmth with her child and with an infant lamb which lay curled snugly against her hip."

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