How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents Questions and Answers
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In "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents," which of the four sisters was more light-skinned like their Swedish ancestor?

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The second oldest sister, Sandra Garcia de la Torre, affectionately called "Sandi", is the lightest-skinned.  She is considered to be "the pretty one", with "peaches and ice cream skin" and blue eyes. Sandi's fairer coloring gives her more prestige under both the Anglo-American value system as well as the subtle racial stereotyping of her own culture; her relatives covet and praise her light skin which they say she inherited from their Swedish great-great grandmother.  Sandra, however, is unhappy with her appearance, and wishes she was darker like her sisters.

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