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Topic: All the Ever Afters By: Danielle Teller

The book I have just begun to read is called "All The Ever Afters," by Danielle Teller. This book talks about the life story of Lady Tremaine, or as others call her, the evil stepmother of Cinderella, who’s first name is actually Agnes. The book begins by telling us what happened to Agnes’s mother, her mother died while in labor with Agnes’s brother who also didn’t make it. Agnes was the youngest in the family with a older brother and sister. Their family was very poor and since Agnes had an older sister she did most of the house work, so there was no use for Agnes to stay at the house, or at least that was what her father said. At a young age Agnes was sent to the manor house which was a far walk from their cottage, to work as a laundry maid. Agnes was told by her father that they shall only see each other on a holiday known as May Day.

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The Aviceford Manor was the smallest of three manors who belonged to a fairy known as Elfilda. The man in charge of this particular estate was a drunken man named Emont. Agnes was soaked from head to toe as she finally got to the manor, as she arrived she met the gardener who told her that Emont was waiting for her in the house. As Agnes got into the house she notices Emont impatiently waiting for her. He didn’t say a word he just leads her straight to the head laundry maid. The maid was standing in a dim room with a fireplace and basin in it, she was quite plump and had a dirty bonnet that covered most of her face. The lady told Agnes in a gruff voice to start the fire and get right to work. Agnes had to fetch a giant pail of water to heat up and wash the clothes in. She was told if she didn’t get it finished by supper which was in an hour she would not eat and she would work all night until she was finished. It took Agnes 10 minutes to fetch one pail of water and she needed almost ten pails, and she hadn’t even started the fire yet! This part in the story reminds me of a story my mom and dad told me about themselves when they used to shingle houses. Dad said if the next day it was likely going to rain they would work all night and miss supper so the roof would be finished, and the house would be safe from the rain.

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Agnes missed supper that night and went to bed on a little cot in the manor kitchen, she was cold all through the night. Agnes woke up late the next morning and ran to the laundry room and found Elisabeth (the laundress) holding a whip. Agnes was whipped 5 times for being late that morning. Agnes’s back was inflamed when Elisabeth sent her to the barn to put away the whip. When Agnes went back into the house she was told to empty and wash the basin, then fill it again with heated water. This would take hours for Agnes to do all by herself and Agnes had already realized that the laundress was not a helpful type, she just liked to lay around and watch Agnes do the work. Agnes came up with a plan to quickly remove and fill the water in the basin. She climbed up to the window sill in the room and tied a rope onto the curtain rod, on the rope, she tied a bucket. Agnes began pulling the water up with the rope and bucket and dumping out the window, When she had finished emptying the tub she gave it a quick scrub and began to fill it with water from the rain barrel just outside her window with the rope a bucket. I know people who are just like the laundress and it sucks when you have those kinds of people in a group and you have to finish a project with them because they don’t do really any of the work.

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Agnes was so happy that she could finally go to lunch and fill her empty stomach with food. She only knew the gardener who she had met earlier but he was not in the kitchen. When she was finished she began to walk slowly back to the laundry room since she knew nothing good was waiting for her there. Before she reached the room, Geoffrey, Emont’ s advisor told Agnes to go into Emont’s room and clean him and the mess around him, because he had got so drunk he began to puke. Prue grabbed a cloth and a pail of water and went right to work. The room Emont was laying in had a violent smell, it seemed as though Emont had been like this for hours. Agnes held her breath and began to clean Emont woke up after a few minutes and thanked Agnes for cleaning up. Agnes left the room as quick as she could, even though it looked clean the stench had not fully gone away. As usual, the laundress had done nothing while Agnes was away and made her work all night to finish the work. From that day on Emont would only ask Agnes to look after him if he felt sick or tired. I felt like Agnes my first day at camp, a few years ago, I didn’t know anyone and felt out of place there.

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The next 4 years of Agnes’s life at the manor were pretty much  the same as her first few days, she did all the work while Elisabeth did nothing, Emont called upon most weeks when he felt sick and she didn’t make any new friends except for the stable boy who would try to save her food at supper once in a while. One day while Agnes was doing the laundry Elisabeth came in and told her that the abbess who owned the manor had lost her maid to disease and needed a new one. She then told Agnes that Emont was going to send her but she had told him she couldn’t spare her so Agnes couldn’t go. Agnes was furious but held her composer well, Agnes asked if the messenger who delivered the message to Emont was still in the manor. Elisabeth told her he was staying for lunch. At lunch, Agnes noticed the messenger right away and asked for him to ask Emont again about how to send to the abbess. He said he would and went on eating. Not having an appetite Agnes walked back to the laundry room, on her way there she ran into Emont. She asked him to reconsider who he was going to send and told him about the lack of work done by Elisabeth, he told her he would let her know in the morning if she could go. I am liking Agnes more and more as I read this book she is hardworking and fights for what she wants, which I would say are some pretty good qualities.

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In the morning Agnes woke up to the messenger, Fernan, who was calling her to hurry up since they needed to leave right away because Emont had changed his mind! Agnes scrapped up her belongings and washed her face in the rain barrel as quickly as she could so she could try to catch up with Fernan. When they got to the barn Agnes realized that she did not know how to mount a horse. Fernan and the stable boy were both pushing and pulling Agnes on to the horse until she was finally able to throw her leg over. Fernan mounted his horse quite swiftly making Agnes feel insecure but Agnes quickly forgot because she was so happy she finally got to leave that awful place. There was still a lot of morning dew on the ground which made it easier for Agnes to follow Fernan’s tracks. They rode passed many crops and Agnes knew her father and brother would be working in one of them but she couldn’t spot them out. Even though it’s great Agnes gets to leave the manor she doesn’t even get to tell her family about her achievement

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Fernan said they were going to stop in a town called Old Hilgate, the town had an unpleasant smell and a dreary community. Fernan said that they should probably eat before they continue to Agnes’s new home. They stopped at a pub with watery ale but decent meat pies that would fill them up. Before they got into the pub Fernan extended his hand for Agnes to grab so she could jump off but since Agnes had never ridden a horse before she didn’t know what he was implying by the gesture. Fernan got off his horse and grabbed Agnes by the waist and lifted her off the horse. Agnes, after she had been put down, shouted at Fernan “I am not a child, do not treat me as one.” Fernan calmly replied, “If you do not want to be treated as a child is, learn to dismount your horse,” Agnes did not say anything more until it was her turn to order. While their food was arriving Agnes began to ask Fernan how he learned to read and write.  He said he learned to read and write when he was a child living in Aquitaine. His father was a respected knight so he was able to learn with the prince. Changing the subject Fernan asked how Agnes became a laundry maid, with no embellishing Agnes said, “I was the second daughter, my mother died, my father couldn’t keep me. I needed to eat.” They didn’t talk much after that. The food drinks were just as Fernan had described them, but they were full after they ate.

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After they paid for their food they rode for a few hours until they finally reached the Ellis Abbey. They stopped at the help entrance and Fernan said nuns would come to help Agnes clean up before she met with the Abbess. The nun who came to retrieve Agnes was named Sister Marjorie, she was a quiet woman she said nothing to Agnes except when she told her name, she didn’t even ask Agnes’s name. The tub Agnes was told to bath in was quite small so Agnes’s knees were at her ears since she was a tall girl. The nun that helped her bath told her they had to bath at least once a week in the Abbey. She was given a scratchy white and grey outfit to wear, but Agnes couldn’t mind she was so happy for this opportunity. Sister Marge took Agnes to the Abbesses room after she taught her the proper etiquette to use when speaking to the Abbess. When speaking with the Abbess Agnes learned that this job was not a step up from the laundry maid job she had instead it was the same job with more responsibilities and a different place. Personally, this has never happened to me so I can’t speak about what Agnes is feeling right now, but I do know she must be a little happy since she will likely never see Elisabeth again.

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Agnes was sent to the Rose House, which was the house Agnes would be working in. The head maid was named lady Mary, she gave Agnes a tour and told her her duties. Agnes began to enjoy the Rose house, even though she was told laundry was one of her duties lady Mary did not often make her do laundry. Agnes’s favorite thing to do during the week was to attend church. It had beautiful stained glass windows and the nuns and the Abbess helped Agnes to strengthen her bond with Christ. Agnes prayed every chance she could get and watched the nuns perform their prayers as well. When all the work was done Agnes would usually sit in the rose garden which had beautiful trees and blooming flowers everywhere. One day as Agnes was sitting in the garden Fernan walked in. He acted strangely around Agnes telling her how beautiful she was. Agnes was uncomfortable through the whole thing but when he left she had a tingly feeling inside her. I can’t help but wonder if Fernan is going to be Agnes’s first husband who fathers Anastasia and Drizella.

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One day as Agnes was walking through the hallways dusting she came into contact with Lady Wenslock, the owner of this particular part of the Abbess’s estate, she was reading. She asked Agnes to read to her with enthusiasm, but when Agnes said that she could not fulfill that duty since she could not read, Lady Wenslock took it upon herself to try to teach Agnes how to read. She asked if Agnes knew her letters and could recite any of the psalms readings. The readings Agnes did not know Lady Wenslock made Agnes try to write about them on a piece of parchment. Agnes only wrote in the rose garden, which now had begun dressing for fall. Mary had told Agnes a few days after her meeting with Wenslock that they were going to see if another girl would make a better fit in the position Agnes was currently in, if they did replace Agnes she would be sent back to the Adviceford Manor. The next week before the replacement girl came Agnes worked especially hard to please Mary and Wenslock hoping that they had an influence in the decision. I cannot believe there is a chance Agnes could be sent back to the Adviceford manor, where people are rude and not very clean. I have never been in a position like Agnes but if I was I would do the same thing she is doing working so hard that the other can’t even begin to compete with you.

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The replacements date of arrival had been pushed back another week so again Agnes worked hard to try and impress both Mary and Wenslock. Agnes was beginning to worry about being sent back to the Adviceford manor, so she requested to been seen by the Abbess herself. Agnes wanted to become a nun since she believed that was what God was pointing her toward through her prayers. Agnes knew it would be risky to ask the Abbess about letting her become a nun since Agnes was not free she could be bought or sold it wasn’t her decision. A few days passed until finally Agnes was sent in to see the Abbess. The Abbess assumed Agnes had come to ask if she could help her find a husband, so she began by saying it wouldn’t be that hard since she was a pretty girl. When Agnes corrected her and told her about being a nun the Abbess was furious that Agnes had wasted her time, since Agnes knew she wasn’t free. From that day on Agnes never prayed again. Even though she couldn’t become a nun Agnes should not have ran away from God, you can still devote your life to him even without being a nun.

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Agnes was not sent back to the Adviceford manor after the other girl had come, but instead of feeling happy about her position she felt like she was no longer apart of the work-family that lived in the manor. Agnes stared blankly in church instead of admiring the works of art in it. Rather than watch the Abbess say her sermon at church Agnes now read her psalms, since it didn’t feel like the Abbess was talking to her anymore. It was now Spring and Agnes hadn’t seen Fernan since Fall but the one day he popped his head into the rose garden and sat down beside Agnes. They talked and made plans to meet at the rose garden at that time each day until Fernan had to leave for a fortnight. On their last day, Fernan held bluebells in his hand and gave them to Agnes, and touched her tenderly when he hugged Agnes goodbye, which left her with undecided feelings about him. Agnes seems to have no love for life anymore since the Abbess told her she couldn’t be a nun. I find this very sad since Agnes could do a million things to help herself go on.

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When Fernan returned he and Agnes spent every free minute together, they were in love! Agnes knew she could never marry Fernan since he was of a much higher status but she continued to love Fernan anyway and forgot all about this. Agnes began to feel like she lived a double life, she was an obedient maid who carried about her ailing mistress, and a lover at night when she would sneak off to meet Fernan. They continued this until one evening when Fernan arrived at their meeting spot furious. Agnes was with child and they were not married. Agnes finally realized that this charade she and Fernan were playing would never end in a marriage. Agnes ran back to her room to sob since she knew Fernan would likely never come to the abbey again and would leave her to raise the child alone. I feel so bad for Agnes since she will probably be treated horribly because she isn’t married but is going to have a child. I think this is the reason she becomes such a cold person because she is left all alone to raise the child.

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A few weeks passed and there was no hiding the bump, Agnes was taken to the Abbess, she did not approve. The said Agnes could no longer be welcomed into the house of God since she had done such a horrible thing. As Agnes was leaving the room she overheard the Abbess saying to one of the maids, “This cannot continue. My abbey cannot be responsible for every servant girl Fernan beds and gets with a child.”Agnes was crushed, she couldn’t believe she had fallen for Fernan’s foolish tricks, it wasn’t love it was merely a game to Fernan. Agnes was fired from her job and was told she was now Fernan’s responsibility.  I don't know what Fernan is going to do with Agnes, all I hope is that he treats her well.

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Fernan explained to Agnes that the same thing had happened to the previous maid Agnes had replaced. The Abbess found her a husband and a home to live in but she wasn’t being so generous this time. Fernan took Agnes to the alehouse they had gone to before Agnes had arrived at the abbey, he said she was to stay there until they found something else that was suitable. That night at the alehouse Agnes could barely look at Fernan, she was so disgusted by him. He left in the morning, leaving behind a small satchel of money for Agnes. The owner of the alehouse was named Alice, she had begun to weaken over the years and was very ill. Agnes helped feed and take care of the alehouse for Alice with the help of a neighbour named Henny.

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Agnes was beginning to like living in the alehouse, she often went over to Henny’s house to help with her kids which Agnes found quite enjoyable. Like Agnes my mom also likes helping with kids which is one of the reasons she took a job at Brighter Beginnings. Agnes decided to try and make a living without the help of Fernan she would brew ale out of the alehouse with the permission of Alice. Alice agreed quite quickly to the idea which gave Agnes a positive outlook. Ale making is a tricky task you must boil and mash the grain and then add just the right amount of water so it will not be bitter. Making the ale costs more than it did to sell it at the time, and the equipment Agnes was supplied with only made a few bottles. Agnes handed out free samples of ale in hope people would come into the alehouse.

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Since Agnes had handed out the free samples business was booming in the Alehouse! Even though there were more people in the alehouse then there ever has before Agnes had not evened out with the money, she had actually lost money because she had given out all the free samples, and the government ale prices were so low. When Fernan arrived at the Alehouse he was surprised to see the number of people inside, he even drank a few cups of Agnes’s ale because it was so good! After everyone had gone to bed Agnes told him her business plan and how she expected to progress, Fernan was thrilled that she would begin to earn money for herself but wasn’t so pleased when Agnes finished speaking. Agnes knew she had to ask Fernan for money after she had asked she found herself on the floor with a stinging pain on the side of her face. Agnes managed to crawl out into the hallway of the Alehouse to get away from Fernan. I can’t believe Fernan hit Agnes, good for Agnes that she was able to muster enough strength to get out of there.

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Fernan left in the morning so Agnes knew it was safe to get up. She had to clean up all the garbage that was on the tables the night before. She managed to borrow money from Henny to get through the week, Agnes never asked Fernan for money again. In a few months, Agnes was able to pay Fernan back all the money he had gotten her. One day while Fernan was gone Agnes felt an intense pain in her stomach area, it was a contraction. Agnes called for Alice to get the midwife. The midwife and her daughter came as quickly as they could and they helped Agnes give birth to a healthy baby girl named Charlotte. She had dark skin, black hair, and a dazzling smile just like Fernan. Agnes had never been happier. Fernan did not come back to the alehouse for another week, when he returned he had heard in town that Agnes had a girl so Fernan was quite displeased. When he finally got to hold Charlotte he forgot all about wanted a boy a hugged and kissed Charlotte until she fell asleep. I am glad Fernan loves Charlotte even though she isn’t a boy, but I hope he helps Agnes with the baby when he is at the house.

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Charlotte was baptized in the Hillgate church when Fernan arrived back at the Alehouse. Agnes chose Henny and her husband, George, as the godparents. Alice grew even weaker and peacefully left this Earth during Pentecost, almost everyone in town attended her funeral. Agnes was quite worried about where she and Charlotte were going to live since the Abbey could now repossess the Alehouse. Since George was a businessman Agnes asked him to meet her so he could tell how much it would cost for Agnes to buy the Alehouse. Their meeting was going well George said it would cost around 15 pounds to buy it and he and Henny could help them pay for it by giving them a loan. Agnes was so happy during this meeting until George said if Agnes couldn’t pay them back he would find a way for her to repay him after he thrusted his hips and laughed as if he had made a joke. Agnes did not find this funny at all so she put on a stern face and then said the meeting was over so George would leave. When Fernan came home Agnes asked him if he would help her pay for the Alehouse, he agreed right away which made Agnes’s day. I’m so glad Agnes will be able to stay in the Alehouse, but I am quite disappointed in the behavior and attitude of George, he is married with children he should not be acting like that.

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The day of the reopening of the Alehouse was a great day and after the celebration, Agnes found out she was pregnant again. At this time Charlotte was tottering around and falling down all over the place. Fernan would always scoop Charlotte up as soon as he saw her about to fall or run into something. The one day Fernan was too late, Charlotte had run into a boiling pot, she burnt her arm on the pot and water had spilled onto her neck and shoulders. Fernan quickly put the baby in some ale to help with the burns, she was screaming in pain. Agnes now in later months of pregnancy ran across the room looking for something to wrap Charlotte in. They wrapped her in a soft blanket and cradled their injured baby until she fell asleep. Charlotte received a rose shape burn mark on her neck, to cover it still only wears high collar dresses. Before the accident happened Danielle Teller (the author) made it seem as though Fernan is a great father which I was really happy to hear.

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Agnes gave birth in the later months to another girl who they named Matilda. She looked almost identical to Agnes with her faith skin and dark hair. A few years had went by and they were the best years of Agnes’s life, Fernan came home often to see the girls and business was booming in the Alehouse. So much so Agnes was able to renovate the kitchen and main room and put in another room. One day at the Hillgate fair Matilda came running towards Agnes she yelled that Charlotte was being attacked by the river. When they got to the river Agnes saw the neighbor girls throwing rocks and yelling “ Your a witch,” at Charlotte. They were pushing her towards the river which Charlotte could drown in. Agnes ran towards the circle of girls and quickly picked up Charlotte seeing as though she was in worse condition than she thought. Her dress had been torn to shreds, her forehead was bleeding from a rock to the head, and she was covered with mud. Agnes took Matilda and Charlotte back to the house so she could ask what had all happened and to help Charlotte clean up. Charlotte explained that she and Matilda were just walking until those girl pushed her from behind and they began to call her wicked names and throw rocks at her. The next day Agnes went to the neighbors house to confront the girls mother, Mylla Ainsley. She didn’t believe a word Agnes said and shut the door in her face after saying that Charlotte was indeed a witch. I cannot believe those children could be so cruel, they were treating Charlotte like this because she has darker skin which isn’t right. This book is fiction but I do see that a lot of what has happened, happened in older times when people were treated differently for their skin color, and how unmarried women were treated if they had a child. I am liking this book very much since it is giving me a better understanding of just how the world worked a long time ago.

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Charlotte refused to go outside for months after the incident so she help Agnes make the ale and became quite good at it. Agnes gave birth to another girl in the following months named, Catherine. One day Matilda convinced Charlotte to leave the house and play outside. Within 10 minutes of leaving the house Agnes heard screaming from outside. She followed the scream and found Matilda and Charlotte on the ground covered in mud with their dresses ripped. Agnes also saw the Ainsley girls crying and running away. Charlotte had sprained her ankle so Matilda told Agnes what had happened. The Ainsley girls had attacked Charlotte while they were walking, while trying to defend herself Charlotte bit the girl who was pushing and punching her, one the girls pushed Matilda down as they ran away. The next day Agnes expected to receive a visit from Mylla but Agnes was prepared to defeat her in a battle of wits. Agnes succeeded in in their battle but because Mylla had could Charlotte a witch Agnes decided to start a little rumor about Mylla since rumors spread like wildfires in Old Hillgate. The rumor implied that Mylla was a witch because she always has her blinds drawn, black cats roam in front of their house and Agnes may have slipped in that there was more than 2 deaths to happen at her house. That’s karma, Mylla deserved having this happen because calling a little girl a witch is a serious accusation at this time, Charlotte could be killed for being called a witch.

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The Ainsley girls did not ever bother Charlotte or Matilda again so Charlotte did not feel scared to go outside again. In the following months Fernan had become ill but still proceeded to go continue with his job. After Fernan had left Agnes notice small red spots all over Matilda and Catherine, they had smallpox. Charlotte was sent to live with Henny and her husband until the girls were better. Catherine and Matilda were up all night with fatigue and vomiting and they began to receive bumps all over their skin, Matilda’s eyes were almost swollen shut. One horrific night Catherine had settled and stopped crying which was quite unusual, Catherine passed a few hours after she had settled down. In the morning Agnes went to the church to have the funeral for Catherine. Devastated Agnes knew she had to stay strong for Matilda since she was still trying to fight the pox. Matilda began to feel better after a week but she had scaring all over her body from the pox which took away from her natural beauty. The next day Agnes was visited by a man wearing dark clothing, he told her Fernan had died of smallpox and since he was dead the alehouse now belonged to the Abbey and anyone who lived there was to be evicted immediately. What a way to kick them when they are down, Agnes just lost her husband and their youngest daughter and now they are being kicked out of their home, I really hope that they don’t have to be split up.

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Agnes went to the Abbey the following day to try and sort things out with the Abbess. The Abbess said that since Agnes and Fernan weren’t technically married the Alehouse would not be passed down to her. The Abbess did however say that both girls could go to school with the nuns but Agnes would be sent back to Adviceford manor to work as a maid for Lady Alba. Emont had married Lady Alba (the Abbess’s sister) and they had just had their first child, a little girl named, Ella, Agnes would be responsible for her care. If had had to guess I would say the Ella is going to become Cinderella but I am not should how Agnes will become her stepmother. I’m glad Agnes did not have to continue as a laundry maid working under Elisabeth but Agnes has to be separated from her family.

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Charlotte and Matilda were devastating after hearing all the news and they both had to be pushed into the carriage because they were clinging to Agnes’s dress. Agnes tried to stay strong but broke down when she couldn’t see the carriage anymore. Agnes cleaned herself up and began the long journey back to the manor she grew up in. When meeting lady Alba Agnes noticed how depressed and tired she looked which had not been described to her before coming to the Manor. Ella was a frail child who didn’t eat much unlike all of Agnes’s children who were big sturdy babies. Holding Ella made Agnes grieve more over the loss of Catherine. Emont had grown larger but was still the drunken man he was when Agnes first arrived. Since Agnes is close to her home she might get to visit her family who she hasn’t seen in years.