MARIA: [talking about her father] "That's his pet name for me."
Veruca: Meaning: vivacious, strong-willed
Possibly derived from slavic name, Veruschca or Verushka (meaning true, honest, faith)
She's Bernardo's sister, Anita's friend, Tony's true love, Chino's intended bride. Write about the leading female character in West Side Story, Maria. Be sure to mention what kind of a person she is, how that influences what happens in the story, the symbols associated with her (and how they help explain her), etc.