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Aurélia Rey is the mother of Cécile Rey; Cécile refers to her as "Maman".

Personality and Facts[]

Aurélia has fairer skin compared to Cécile and her sister Octavia; however, she and Octavia have the same long straight nose, dark almond eyes, and thick black hair. Aurélia is a businesswoman and, along with running her own household, manages several houses and property that were left to her and Octavia by her parents, indicating the two sisters likely came from a well-to-do family. She can be stern to Cécile and expects her to be ladylike, but she does have a playful, humorous side and can be nonchalant about certain etiquette within the Rey household. Like the household overall, she is bilingual and fluent in both French and English and religious (the family is Catholic). She is a skilled knitter and needleworker.

Aurélia and Octavia were orphaned in their youth and taken in by Sister Beatrice before Aurélia's marriage to Jean-Claude. Aurélia's father was a friend of Grand-père, which is how she met Jean-Claude.[1]

In the Books[]

Meet Cécile[]

Aurélia is first seen helping Cécile take down the ornaments from the Christmas tree, explaining that the decorations are de fête or festive and cheerful. She then asks if Cécile has written to her brother this week, and is stern when Cécile says not yet. She is initially reluctant to let Cécile go with Octavia to La Masion, but allows it and declines going herself since there's a lot to be done around the household.

After Cécile writes her letter, Aurélia suggests that Cécile be a princess for the Mardi Gras ball, which Cécile declines as she has done it before.

She is thrilled when she learns that Armand will return from Paris earlier than planned; she paints his room, arranges for new clothing, and plans to offer his favorite foods. When Armand returns, she is thrilled to see him and does not reprimand Cécile for running to meet his boat.

Troubles for Cécile[]

Cécile's Gift[]

The Cameo Necklace[]

References[]

  1. American Girl Moves Past Slavery, Introduces New African-American Doll; huffingtonpost.com, referenced September 8, 2011. Denise Lewis Patrick: "I even created a family tree for the Rey family, with details such as [...] how Cécile's parents met (their fathers were friends)."
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