Born in England, Grace’s father is trained as a stonemason, but his crippling alcoholism renders him unable to find a job or provide food for his family. Grace’s father physically abuses Grace’s mother and, late in the novel, it is obliquely hinted that he may have sexually abused Grace when she was a child. Grace’s father is implicated in arson and a murder, which prompts Aunt Pauline and Uncle Roy to encourage Grace’s parents to emigrate from Ireland. When Grace begins work as a servant in Canada at the age of twelve, her father consistently tries to purloin her wages, but after Mary Whitney comes to her defense, Grace never sees her father again.
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...then returns to the boat and continues to Toronto, where they disembark. In Toronto, Grace’s father rents lodgings from a widow named Mrs. Burt. Grace intuits that Mrs. Burt is trying... (full context)