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"And of Clay Are We Created" is a partially autobiographical story about a journalist and his encounter with a young Latin American girl who is the sole survivor of a volcanic eruption that has destroyed her village. At the beginning of the story, the eruption has just taken place, and television crews are examining the site of the destroyed village, which has been overflown with mud.
Azucena's situation is revealed to the reader, and the world, by the television crews; she is buried up to her neck in mud, her head like a "black squash"; she claims that the bodies of her dead brothers and sisters are supporting her legs, and she is trapped in place by rubble. She seems physically shocked and weak, and is lethargic and unresponsive at first, probably because of the trauma she has endured.
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