The Physical Consequences

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Then one day she heard a visitor say, "What a pity! I should not know her."

"Let me see," Ellen said.

They handed her a mirror. The shock was almost more than she could bear.

Every feature of my face seemed changed. . . . The bone of my nose proved to be broken. The idea of carrying my misfortune through life was insupportable. I could see no pleasure in my life. I did not wish to live, and I dared not die, for I was not prepared (2SG, p. 9).

Ellen soon learned the tremendous difference one's personal appearance makes in the way one is treated. Though she slowly regained her strength for play, her young friends spurned her.

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