And of Clay Are We Created by Isabel Allende

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

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Rolf, the German journalist, and Azucena, the thirteen-year-old girl who has never left her village on the side of the mountain, give each other the healing gift of the deepest parts of themselves.

As time goes on, and Azucena stays trapped in the mudslide from the volcano, Rolf talks to her incesssantly to help keep her alive. Gradually, Rolf goes through all the stories he has to tell. Exhausted and emotionally stripped down to a nub, Rolf begins to relate to Azucena the pain of his childhood in Nazi Germany. He tells her of his deepest hurts, fears, and sorrows, baring his soul to her. She in turn, when she is dying, tells him of her deep longing her love.

Rolf gives Azucena his soul love. As his own lover and life companion notes, she:

could tell that something fundamental had changed in him. I knew somehow that during the night his defenses had crumbled and he had given in to grief; finally he was vulnerable.

Azucenza dies on the third day, but she and Rolf have developed a connection...

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