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Miss Nina Caliente was unmarried but the term ‘old maid’ did not seem to apply to her. All of the required criteria was there: she was past her season days (she had not even entered society until her twenties), she was unmarried, she seemed to be unlikely to be married in the near future. But she was present in society, she held parties and balls like a hostess, operated much as a married woman would. It would be scandalous except for the calming influence of her sister on society’s raised brows. Nina Caliente was an alien figure in Sim City society: a woman who did not care to marry.

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Dina Caliente was one of the most charming woman that any given person had ever met, the other being her sister. Rumor held that she had been born in a poverty-stricken borough of Strangeshire, or in Port Desiderata as the natural daughter of a pirate and a noblewoman. Some even whispered that she was from Veronashire, some offshoot of the Capps or Montys. Whatever her origins, well-off or not, she had caught the eye of Earl Michael Bachelor and had so inserted herself into the Pleasantshire upper class. She had handled his death with grace and aplomb, moving through her morning period with quiet dignity. Still there is debate as to whether her new interest in Duke Goth is strictly proper…