The Effects of Henry's Cage: Elean's Story
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First Published on Apr 07 2016
His besotted wife, Caroline, and their three children set out to join him seven years later when he finally writes to her.
Elean Cameron accompanies Caroline as companion and tutor. Elean is an out-going Scottish lass, highly intelligent, but trusting, and impulsive. She was brought up like a son and doesn’t easily accept the servitude of women. Elean soon realises that Henry only wants money and she becomes a problem to him. He can’t dismiss her without a valid reason or else he’ll lose a considerable sum of money. Henry plots and schemes to get what he wants, drawing his family into his cage through devious means.
Elean loves the outdoors and escapes each evening to walk to the top of Sunshine Hill. There she meets one of the Maori prisoners, Tarapipipi, who also seeks the peace of Sunshine Hill. After a shaky start they become good friends.
Henry becomes more dominating and finally Caroline realises that he only cares for her money. After much heartache and struggle, with Elean as chief support and organiser, Caroline and the children escape from Henry’s cage. They flee to Australia, but Elean, for Tarapipipi’s sake remains in New Zealand.
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