Bea and Her Bird Brother


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Bea visits her father at his deathbed and learns a secret -- she is the child of a bird-woman from another world, and she has a brother with wings.


  • Bea doesn't believe her father; she thinks he died insane. Therefore she doesn't recognize the possibility that the man in the back of the church at the funeral might be her brother until it is too late. This may be a reflection on faith.
  • The idea of a marriage between a bird-woman and a normal man, with some children winged and some not, appeared in The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock. The bird-woman in that story is named Youwarkee, and Jorge Luis Borges refers to her in The Book of Imaginary Beings.

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