Belle is the family rebel, trying to make her own way in the world.
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Belle dared to be flamboyant and outspoken long before it was fashionable. Belle: Rebel In Red Silk is an entrancing look into the life of an ambitious woman in the early 1900's.
Sitting at the table was a rail thin woman I'd never seen before.. She had raven black hair, shapely black eyebrows, bright red lipstick, and thick pancake makeup. She was wearing red silk lounging pajamas with white polka dots. Her nails were long and also red. A large diamond adorned one finger, and numerous rings were scattered on her other fingers. The final touch was the cigarette in a long black holder.
When introductions were made, I learned this was Aunt Belle. It seemed obvious even to an eight-year-old that everyone wished Aunt Belle would just disappear.