Ella had been raised to look beautiful, keep her mouth shut, and do as she was told. Being by nature malleable, she became adept at pleasing people.
On her eighteenth birthday, her father presented her with a fiancé. She gave him her hand and her sweet, absent smile.
They married in June and as they drove away from the ceremony Chas looked at his wife.
“Are you happy?”
She stared at him, perplexed. “I don’t know. What’s happy?”
He thought about her forbidding father, and understood.
“Happy is what I shall teach you to be…”
“I will like to learn.”