She seemed older but then again not. It was something about her mouth and her confidence that projected maturity — the expression of her lips, maybe? She sat with a slight slouch, but then again there was elegance.

Clearly you can tell that she was foreign: she spoke in her native tongue with an older woman across the table who appeared to be her mother. But outside of that, she had a relaxed boldness that American girls just don’t seem to have.

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