How is Miyax's appearance described?  

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Readers can get a solid physical description of Miyax in paragraph 8 of chapter 1. Much of this paragraph contains direct characterization, where the narrator gives us specific details about Miyax. We are told that Miyax is beautiful, and her frame is small-boned. Her muscles are strong and "delicately wired." She has black eyes, which means that her pupils are difficult to see, and her eyes slant. Readers get a little bit of narration that hints at natural selection and Darwinian evolution when we are told that the Arctic has sculpted life into compact shapes. Readers are told that Miyax is evidence of that phenotype when we are told that her arms and legs are short. Creatures with long limbs would lose too much body heat along those extended surfaces, so readers get the impression that Miyax is built for the frigid environment that she is a part of.

Unlike the long-limbed, long-bodied animals of the south that are cooled by dispensing heat on extended surfaces, all live things in the Arctic tend toward compactness, to conserve heat.

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In the story, Miyax is described as a 'classic Eskimo beauty' with a round face, a flat nose, and slanting, black eyes. Her pale beauty is juxtaposed against that of the forbidding white plains of the tundra. Although she is 'delicately wired' and small-boned, Miyax's body is strong. Her compact build helps her conserve heat in the unforgiving Arctic environment.

When we meet her, she is on her stomach trying to get the attention of the leader of a wild pack of wolves. She is hungry and needs to eat, and the wolves seem to be her only way out. Inspired by the experience of her father, Kapugen, Miyax thinks that she can communicate with the wolves and that they will lead her to a food source before she starves to death.

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