Gilberte (zheel-BEHRT), known as Gigi (zhee-ZHEE), a charming fifteen-year-old girl who is being educated by her great-aunt and her grandmother to become a successful courtesan. Gigi has the legs and feet of a ballet dancer: heronlike legs, with high-arched insteps, perfect oval-shaped kneecaps, and slender calves. Her eyes are dark blue, and her hair of ash-blonde ringlets has magnificent fullness. She looks like Robin Hood, a carved angel, or a boy in skirts; she least resembles a nearly grown girl. She dresses in typical French schoolgirl fashion, wearing a serge coat and blue sailor hat. Her nature is both gentle and independent. She is playful and irreverent, traits that charm Gaston, the thirty-three-year-old millionaire who at first sees her as an enchanting child and who later decides that he wants her as his mistress. She, however, has her own ideas about what she wants to do with her life. She does not want to be a typical courtesan who will please a man for a while and be discarded for the next woman, nor does she want to become the dull wife of a boring clerk. She wants to marry the kind of man who will love her forever and treat her in the lavish, glamorous way a man is expected to treat only his mistress, never his wife.
Madame Inez Alvarez
Madame Inez Alvarez (ee-NEHS AHL-vah-rehs), Gigi’s grandmother, who is in charge of rearing her. She took the name of a Spanish lover, now dead, and calls herself Inez. She has a heavy Spanish face and resembles the nineteenth century writer...
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