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	Dolly was an auburn haired porcelain bisque, matte finished doll from a discriminating collections of dolls... her father's dolls. She was very pretty but not a witty woman, silent, shy and self-conscious. She was born in 1920 and lived in Hollywood during the 30's where she collected movie star photos and autographs. After she married Harold she gave birth to three children who grew up afraid of their abusive father, while Dolly made Betty Crocker weekends and otherwise TV dinners. Soon Dolly grew very tired and sick from Harold's constant abuse.  One day outside the brothers were playing with Dolly tossing her back and forth like a red rubber ball, one to another until they dropped her... Fragile, she shattered into pieces on the gray cement patio. Harold came out determined to put the pieces back together but clumsily, he repeatedly stepped on Dolly crushing the refined fragments into powdered dust.

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