Widow Ealing is Daughter Jane’s mother. She meets and helps Florens when Florens is lost and on her way to find the Blacksmith, giving her food and shelter. Widow Ealing has red hair and light eyes. She and her daughter are part of a religious group that is threatening the family because they believe Jane is a demon. Widow Ealing petitions the other villagers and even cuts her daughter’s legs to prove she is human. Widow Ealing further helps Florens by defending her when the other villagers, who have never seen a black person, think she is a devil.
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...withers and leaves behind a kind of wildness. Florens thinks that she withered in the Widow Ealing’s closet when the villagers examined her. Still, Florens learned from Jane to continue risking... (full context)