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What is the relationship between the barbarian girl and the magistrate in Waiting for the Barbarians?

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The relationship between the magistrate and the barbarian girl is certainly complicated. It begins simply enough in that the barbarian girl is assigned the task of cleaning up the magistrate's rooms. Although she does a poor job of completing this task, the magistrate keeps that to himself and endures the presence...

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