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Georgiana’s lovers were wont to say that some fairy at her birth hour had laid her tiny hand upon the infant’s cheek…Many a desperate swain would have risked life for the privilege of pressing his lips to the [birthmark].
-- Narration (N/A)

Importance: This line of narration emphasizes the idea that many people do not see Georgiana's birthmark as an imperfection. Many people find it charming and beautiful. Thus, Aylmer's contrasting disgust with the birthmark may be viewed as a problem not with Georgiana, but with Aylmer's perception.

It was the fatal flaw of humanity which Nature, in one shape or another, stamps ineffaceably on all her productions
-- Narration (N/A)

Importance: This line of narration conveys some of Aylmer's thoughts about Georgiana's birthmark. To Aylmer, the birthmark takes on a symbolic significance of representing the imperfections of nature. By the end of the story, it becomes clear to Aylmer that this labeling of imperfections...

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