It was during this time that she reads voraciously and writes in her notebooks, exercises which prove to be invaluable in the future to her granddaughter Alba, as these bore witness to their lives. At age nineteen, Clara sees her future is with Esteban Trueba and decides she will "marry without love." (Allende, 90) If she is not into her paranormal activities, “Clara divided her time between the sewing workshop, the general store, and the school, where she established her headquarters for treating mange and lice, untangling the mysteries of the alphabet, teaching the children to sing “I have a dairy cow, she’s not just any cow,” and the women to boil milk, cure diarrhea, and bleach clothes.” (105) She works to educate the people on the plantation, trying to teach the women and children about equality, hygiene and literacy.
As the oldest child and only daughter of Esteban and Clara, Blanca is very close to her mother. She is still a child when she first meets Pedro Tercero at Tres Marías, and she runs naked to play with the boy and falls asleep on his stomach. This incident foretells their future relationship, when they become lovers and are discovered in the same position by Esteban. The uproar when her father discovers their relationship causes the family to split apart. When Esteban discovers her daughter Blanca is pregnant, he forces her to marry Count Jean de Satigny. Being of pragmatic character, Blanca tries to make the most of her marriage until she discovers the Counts unusual hobby. For a time she refuses to reunite with Pedro Tercero until the turn of events forces them to flee the country. Blanca ends up a successful artist in Canada, living "completely fulfilled in the peace of satisfied love” with Pedro Tercero. (400)
Alba is the product of Blancas illicit affair with Pedro Tercero. Born feet first and with a tiny star-shaped mark on her back, Clara predicts ...Show more