Nearly everything she said was truthful, but because she laughed so much her friends often believed she was joking and remained her friends. She had beautiful teeth, even and strong all the way back, and some of her friends had been known to remark that it was such a pleasure to look at her teeth that it did not actually matter much what she said. There were, of course, a few people who were not deceived by her laughter or diverted by the display of her teeth, and those people hated her. "How can you hate someone like Andrea Cooper?" her more constant friends would say. "There's no one around that brightens up a room the way she does." But Andrea had left many wounded souls along her merry way, and there were men among them as well as women.