The twelve-year-old girl looked to Nately like a plucked chicken or like a twig with the bark peeled off her sapling body embarrassed everyone in her precocious attempts to imitate her elders, and she was always being chased away to put clothes on and ordered out into the street to play in the fresh air with the other children.
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She was a precocious child who always pointed to logical flaws in her parents’ rules.
precocious flowers appear before the leaves as in some species of magnolias