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The Silent Duchess
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The Silent Duchess is set in early eighteenth century Sicily and is the story of Marianna Ucria, daughter of an aristocratic family and victim of a mysterious childhood trauma that has left her deaf and mute. Forced to marry her uncle, this novel explores life for women in a culture where arranged marriages and endless childbearing are the norm. After the death of her uncle-husband, Mirianna embarks on a journey of self-exploration, and after uncovering the cause of her disabilities, discovers a sense of autonomy and is able take control of her life.

Table of Contents

  1. title page, copyright
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  1. The Ucrias - a family tree
  2. p. 3
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  1. I
  2. pp. 9-12
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  1. II
  2. pp. 13-15
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  1. III
  2. pp. 15-19
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  1. IV
  2. pp. 19-22
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  1. v
  2. pp. 22-27
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  1. VI
  2. pp. 22-29
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  1. VII
  2. pp. 29-34
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  1. VIII
  2. pp. 34-46
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  1. IX
  2. pp. 40-46
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  1. x
  2. pp. 46-52
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  1. XI
  2. pp. 53-60
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  1. XII
  2. pp. 60-67
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  1. XIII
  2. pp. 67-70
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  1. XIV
  2. pp. 81-75
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  1. XV
  2. pp. 76-84
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  1. XVI
  2. pp. 84-87
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  1. XVII
  2. pp. 88-93
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  1. XVIII
  2. pp. 94-98
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  1. XIX
  2. pp. 99-107
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  1. XX
  2. pp. 107-113
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  1. XXI
  2. pp. 113-121
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  1. XXII
  2. pp. 121-137
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  1. XXIII
  2. pp. 121-142
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  1. XXIV
  2. pp. 125-131
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  1. XXV
  2. pp. 131-138
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  1. XXVI
  2. pp. 139-143
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  1. XXVII
  2. pp. 143-147
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  1. XXVIII
  2. pp. 147-151
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  1. XXIX
  2. pp. 151-154
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  1. XXX
  2. pp. 155-162
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  1. XXXI
  2. pp. 163-167
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  1. XXXII
  2. pp. 168-172
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  1. XXXIII
  2. pp. 172-181
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  1. XXXIV
  2. pp. 181-188
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  1. XXXV
  2. pp. 188-194
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  1. XXXVI
  2. pp. 195-200
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  1. XXXVII
  2. pp. 200-204
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  1. XXXVIII
  2. pp. 204-211
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  1. XXXIX
  2. pp. 211-215
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  1. XL
  2. pp. 215-219
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  1. XLI
  2. pp. 219-224
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  1. XLII
  2. pp. 224-227
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  1. XLIII
  2. pp. 227-236
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 237-258
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 259-261
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