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Blanca is very close to her mother and very distant from
her father. She is raised by Clara and Ferula together and quickly
devises illnesses that get her returned home when she is sent away
to school. Unlike her mother, Blanca is quite practical. After her
divorce from Jean de Satigny, and even more so after Clara's death,
Blanca runs the big house on the corner. Like both of her parents,
Blanca is incredibly stubborn. Even while she runs his house, she
never asks for a cent from her father, instead supporting herself
through her ceramics.
Blanca's character is defined primarily by her love for
Pedro Tercero. However, she is not simply attached to him. In fact,
for most of the novel she is separated from Pedro Tercero as much
by her own choice as by outside circumstance. It is precisely the
idea of her love for Pedro Tercero that defines Blanca more than
any actual relationship the two may have.
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