What do Rolf and Azucena give to each other in "And of Clay Are We Created"?

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Chilean writer Isabel Allende wrote the short story "And of Clay Are We Created" based on the Armero tragedy in Colombia, which was a volcanic eruption in 1985. Omayra Sanchez was a real 13-year-old girl who died in the accident, and she was the inspiration for the character Azucena.

In the story, Rolf is a cameraman who films the accident for a news station. He also forms a bond with Azucena and talks to her throughout her ordeal of being stuck in the quicksand, trapped under rubble and unable to be pulled out. Despite the many attempts to get her out with various kinds of technology, she remains stuck. Rolf stays and talks to Azucena for three days and nights, eventually telling her the deepest traumas of his past that he had buried inside him, such as his childhood with an abusive father and the guilt he feels about not taking proper care of his mentally handicapped sister. After three days, Azucena dies, and Rolf goes back to his girlfriend and their apartment struck with the grief of...

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