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- He was the color of a gravestone; light was both absorbed and reflected by his skin, as with a pearl, so that he appeared translucent at times—especially at his temples, where his blue veins showed through his skin (as though, in addition to his extraordinary size, there were other evidence that he was born too soon)... His vocal cords had not developed fully, or else his voice had been injured by the rock dust of his family's business.p. 4.9
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