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She died a famous woman denying
her wounds
her wounds came from the same source as her power (14-18)

The repetition of the phrase "denying / her wounds" just hits us in the gut. "Oh, Marie!" we want to cry out, "be honest with yourself and with the world." But maybe Marie Curie knew more than we did. (Actually, we're pretty sure of this.) Maybe Curie knew that her wounds and eventual death were worth the price of her success—maybe she knew that she would live on through her scientific discoveries.

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