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The author of the book The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough describes to the reader how Missy an unattractive woman in a small town differs from Alicia Missy the daughter of Drusilla did not really have any self-confidence in herself She would begin by wondering what she really looked like The house owned only one mirror in the bathroom and it was forbidden to stand and gaze at ones reflection Thus Missys impressions of herself were hedged with guilt that she might have stayed too long gazing Oh she knew she was quite tall she knew she was far too thin she knew her hair was straight and dark that her eyes were black-brown and her nose sadly out of kilter due to a fall as a child She knew her mouth drooped down at its left corner and twisted up at its right but she didnt know how this made her rare smiles fascinating and her normal solemn expression a clown like tragicomedyPg35-36 Missy didnt really pay close attention to what she really looked liked It didnt matter how women appeared in those days as how it does today They seem to think that its evil to look at oneself in the mirror and that its forbidden for a woman to look at her own image Life had taught her to think of herself as a very homely person yet something in her refused to believe that entirely would not be convinced by any amount of logical evidence So each night she would wonder what she looked likePg36 She knew what she really looked like but her conscious was telling her different It was like she had something in her that was really setting her apart from her family and friends Even in her mid-twenties she was still treated unfairly Her mother looked down at her and did not appreciate any of the things that she did Any pip-dreams Drusilla might have harboured
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