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In English, Clara’s name translates as “white” or “clear.” She being the youngest of the del Valle family, has an unusual ability to see things, just as her name suggests. As a child she is “extremely precocious and had inherited the runaway imagination of all of the women in her family,” and enjoys her Uncle Marcos’ stories and book (The House of The Spirits 10). Her family accepts her ability to move saltcellars an predict earthquake, only becoming concerned when the local priest claims she is possessed by the devil. Clara is unaware of the material world for she is only interested in communicating with spirits. Clara never fights her destiny, being a passive character. As she grows from a young girl to an old woman, Clara’s character changes very little.
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