Wunderkind Characters

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Frances

Frances is the story's central character, a fifteen-year-old girl who is undergoing a wrenching emotional crisis in her life. Although the story is narrated in the third person, we experience its events from Frances's point of view, sharing her thoughts, feelings, and nightmarish visions, as her turmoil builds to an explosive, terrified climax.

On the surface, Frances's "problem" is with her music. In recent months, her piano playing has been very disappointing, both to her and to her teacher, Mr. Bilderbach, and as she arrives at his house she silently prays for "a good lesson—like it used to be." This is no small matter, for Frances's life has been centered around her music. Since early childhood she has been considered a Wunderkind, a musical prodigy, and, like those around her, Frances has always assumed she would go on to a career as a...

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