Venezuela: Illegitimate Family

When Esperanza Rojas was 15, she fell in love with 19-year-old Agustin Infante. After an eight-day courtship, they set up housekeeping in a Caracas slum. They gave no thought to matrimony, but then neither had Esperanza's mother nor her older brothers and sisters. The love affair was stormy, filled with arguments and fights, and twice Esperanza went home to mother, each time swollen with child. Now, four years later, Esperanza and her two children live with her mother in a wood-and-cardboard shack, and she accepts her deserted, unwed state as quite natural....

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