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There she dug a well. But she preferred France and, during the summer, found an apartment to sublet in Paris. Besides the digs, Kingsolver worked as an artist’s model at the Sorbonne, cleaned houses and apartments, did some translating, THE WORLDS OF INDIANA, EUROPE, AND ARIZONA 39 and found work as a typesetter. (Wagner-Martin) Busy but exhilarated with her new experiences, she tried to find ways to finish her degree from abroad. She saw herself as a perpetual rolling stone, and her parents tactfully didn’t object.

As her parents had presented the plan to their young children, it was exciting. It was meant to be that, as well as “pleasant and happy and adventurous,” (Rehm interview) and even if Virginia and Wendell Kingsolver were taken aback at the living conditions, they seldom complained, at least not in front of their children. When the small plane flew over once a month to deliver supplies and medicines, the children raced frantically to find the parachuted parcel. To them, it was an important game; to the Kingsolver parents, it was their only lifeline.

While Kingsolver did not need to change her name or her 34 BARBARA KINGSOLVER wardrobe on the surprisingly eclectic Midwestern campus, she did need to change her speech. Not that any of the Kingsolvers or their circle of friends had ever used incorrect grammar; no, the problem was that Barbara Kingsolver, the tall woman with the unique surname, had an accent—a softly Southern accent, not unpleasant to hear, but a marker that, for the early 1970s, was unfashionable. The stereotypical picture of the South was that everyone there was lazy: no one got work done; no one finished the ending of words.

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