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What evidence shows that karana took pride in her appearance even though she was alone on the island?

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Even though she lives alone on the island, Karana takes great pride in her appearance. In chapter 18, we are told that Karana takes time to make a yucca skirt for herself even as she spends time taming her pet birds, Tainor and Lurai.

Accordingly, Karana takes time to soften yucca fibers in water before she braids them into twine. She designs her skirt to have lengthwise folds. The beautiful skirt is open on both sides and hangs gracefully to her knees. Karana...

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