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from Mutisms from T I T A U A P E U An entire family poses for a photo. In the background is a steamship. They are all ready for departure, refreshed, smiling, or grimacing, perhaps due to the blinding light of a tropical land. They are on the quay at Noumea in New Caledonia. This photo is now thirty years old . . . The father is tall, imposing, bronzed. He has charm and a beautiful smile. Above all, he is shy of the camera. The mother, much shorter, is also smiling. Her hair is mid-length, her eyes like black olives, her skin light colored. There is something in her look: the emptiness we see in the eyes of people who don't expect anything from life. The children are standing directly in front of the couple. The eldest is smiling. He has a tooth missing and must be about nine years old. The middle one is obviously pouting. She is to the right of her little sister, who has a snarled grin and squinting eyes. Then there is me, the baby, who is gazing sadly at the woman. A normal chubby baby . . . nothing more. Around them http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

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Manoa , Volume 17 (2) – Oct 4, 2005

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from T I T A U A P E U An entire family poses for a photo. In the background is a steamship. They are all ready for departure, refreshed, smiling, or grimacing, perhaps due to the blinding light of a tropical land. They are on the quay at Noumea in New Caledonia. This photo is now thirty years old . . . The father is tall, imposing, bronzed. He has charm and a beautiful smile. Above all, he is shy of the camera. The mother, much shorter, is also smiling. Her hair is mid-length, her eyes like black olives, her skin light colored. There is something in her look: the emptiness we see in the eyes of people who don't expect anything from life. The children are standing directly in front of the couple. The eldest is smiling. He has a tooth missing and must be about nine years old. The middle one is obviously pouting. She is to the right of her little sister, who has a snarled grin and squinting eyes. Then there is me, the baby, who is gazing sadly at the woman. A normal chubby baby . . . nothing more. Around them

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Published: Oct 4, 2005

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