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Gwen is one of the few characters in Freak the Mighty whose outside appearance reflects who she is on the inside. And boy is she beautiful, inside and out. Max spends quite a few paragraphs describing how pretty she is, and we can tell she's loving by how she treats Max and Kevin (a.k.a. Freak). She has sacrificed a lot to take care of her son, that's for sure.
One other thing we noticed about Gwen: she goes out of her way to apologize for how she initially reacts to Max. A lot of people make the same mistake—thinking he's his dad—but Gwen is the first to realize how it may have affected him and to apologize.
And what better way to say I'm sorry than with hot dogs?