Nick Joaquin's story "The Woman Who Had Two Navels" opens with the following words:

When she told him she had two navels he believed her at once: (...)

"She" is Connie de Vidal, who tells Pepe Monson that her mother and the maids had always pretended not to see that she had two navels and that she had always hidden her secret from other people. We never find out whether Connie really has two navels and her mother denies the claim. Nevertheless, the two navels are part of the story's title, so they must have meaning beyond the literal level. What do Connie's two navels actually represent or symbolise?

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