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What are some characteristics of Isabel?

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Young Isabel experiences a great deal of trauma in her life, but with each difficulty, she comes through even stronger than before. This demonstrates a trait called resilience. The influence of even one or two kind and helpful adults along the way as each challenge unfolds helps Isabel to gather her own inner forces and not lose faith in her ability to prevail.

Think about what Isabel goes through in her life and how she ultimately decides to handle each new challenge. This will make it very clear to you which characteristics define her. Though Isabel's life is fraught with the cruelties, dangers, and injustices of enslavement, her deceased mother's love helps her develop a strong inner core early on.

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