Zia Paulina is:
- 53 years old
- Matriarch of Pagano Family
- Angelina, Louisa & Josephina’s aunt
- Grace & Violet’s great-aunt
- Left Italy in 1885 at the age of 17
- Married a lawyer who lived in Georgetown
- Society matron
- Supported her husband until his death
- Spent her whole married life wearing clothes she didn’t like and leading a life she didn’t care for
- Unusual views for her woman of her position & age…
Zia Paulina is actually a feminist who doesn’t realize that she is one. Unlike other female family members, who believe Grace & Violet should marry well, Zia Paulina supports them in their ambition to have careers…violinist for Grace & fashion designer for Violet.
BTW Zia Paulina is Italian for Aunt Paulina.