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She didn't beg, and she didn't feel sorry for herself. Selling her mangoes, Elena earned a semblance of a living, and her spirit shone through in the process.
What is the meaning of the underlined part?
***** NOT A TEACHER / ONLY MY OPINION
(1) I think that "Elena earned a semblance of a living"
means that she earned a small amount of money, maybe enough to
pay the rent and buy some food.
(2) I think that "her spirit shone [past tense of "shine"] through in the
process" means that while she sold her mangoes, her attitude was one of
pride and independence, not of self-pity.