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Malcolm's wife, Betty, is never characterized in detail. She remains a shadowy figure, of whom  Malcolm does not speak at any great length. She is described by others as "a black Jacqueline  Kennedy" — a naturally sophisticated woman, poised and self-confident. But we can tell, from  Malcolm's suspicious attitudes toward women, in general, that he thinks of her as exceptional. He  says that she is the only woman he ever thought of loving. As for Betty's background, we learn that she was a nursing student and a member of Temple Seven  when she met Malcolm. They were married in January 1958, and had six children (the last two, twins  born after Malcolm's death). Haley suggests that, knowing Malcolm's temperament, Betty is a patient  and self-sacrificing woman. Malcolm states that his love for her is not physical, but transcendent and all-inclusive. In the context 
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