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The Cover
December 13, 2006

Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii

Author Affiliations
 

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2006;296(22):2655. doi:10.1001/jama.296.22.2655

[There stood], begins a passage in The Last Days of Pompeii, “a young female, still half a child in years . . . dressed simply in a white tunic . . . ; her features were more formed than exactly became her years, yet they were soft and feminine in their outline, and without being beautiful in themselves, they were almost made so by their beauty of expression; there was something ineffably gentle, and you would say patient, in her aspect. A look of resigned sorrow, of tranquil endurance, had banished the smile, but not the sweetness, from her lips; something timid and cautious in her step—something wandering in her eyes, led you to suspect the affliction which she had suffered from her birth—she was blind. . . . [She guided] her steps by a long staff, which she used with great dexterity.”

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