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Diotima Ridenow was the second wife to Lewis Alton.  They met off planet while she was with her brothers and Lew was in the Senate.  She was a loving, caring wife to Lew and stepmother to Marguerida Alton.  Diotima became very sick and eventually died.

She possessed the Ridenow donas in full, which is empathy and telepathy with non-telepaths.

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