A calm, intelligent woman who appears during Chapter Eight. Ever since being bitten by a dog as a child, Thalia has borne a brutal facial injury, one that makes the people in her life uncomfortable around her, at least initially. When her mother, Madaline, brings her to live with Markos and Odelia, Thalia develops a close friendship with Markos that stays strong for the rest of her life. Thalia is instrumental in encouraging Markos to become a photographer, and later a plastic surgeon. While Markos frequently offers Thalia free plastic surgery, which could remove her injury for good, Thalia always refuses any such procedure: she’s proud of her body and her life.
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...He also learned that a thief had taken all his possessions—except for the photograph of Thalia. Delirious, Markos thought to himself that he didn’t want to die so far from Thalia.... (full context)
...finishes medical school, Markos decides to become a plastic surgeon. He realizes, partly because of Thalia’s advice, that physical appearances are extremely important, in contrast to what many people idealistically say.... (full context)