After Adeline's birth her mother died leaving Adeline and her 4 older siblings to be cared for by their father. Although, Adeline's father did not step up to the role very well.
Adeline's father then decided it was best that he should introduce a new woman into the family. He married Niang who brought with her a son and daughter from a previous marriage.
"Welcome to the family."
When Niang was introduced to her new family she immediately singled Adeline out. Niang was very cruel to Adeline and her siblings and favoured her own children more than her step children.
"Adeline, you are bad luck. This means you will obey all of my demands."
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The whole family moved to Shanghai and Adeline was still continually bullied by Niang. Adeline's father did nothing about it as he was always at work and became ignorant of his own children.
Adeline! Come here, right now!
Adeline was sent to a private school in Shanghai. School was her safe place as she had friends there and it drew her mind from everything happening at home.
Hi Adeline! Wanna come to the school Library with me?
I'd love to!!!
Adeline pushed her way through the cruelty and abuse at home and continued getting high marks in school. When Adeline became old enough she left with her brother to go to Oxford college in England. Adeline finally had freedom.