As she matured, she strove to lift the burden of household tasks from the shoulders of her aging grandmother, Marcella. She cherished the old woman who was the only other parent she had ever known, except for her grandfather, Jacob who departed from this world when she was ten. Once, Serena ventured to ask her Gran, Marcella, why her own eyes were bright blue while those of her friends’ were either brown or grey and a grim-faced Marcella pressed her lips firmly together and answered her curtly, “We’re just different, that’s all!” From then on, Serena retreated into a shell. She asked no further questions, although she was dying to know why she and Gran were “different”. The village elders knew, but they clammed up. The kindly sort, it was not of their nature to hurt the reputation of others, much less to ostracize. For it was common knowledge that old hen Marcella was the love child of her mother and an Irish friar who, for a time was the parish priest in a town on the mainland. When it was time to sever ties with the old place, the young Marcella left to seek anonymity on the island, arrived and found acceptance among the natives. In due time, she met and married an honest fisherman named Jacob, Serena’s grandfather. The Story Of True Love In Literature.
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