1. In the prologue, Sarah meets her father, Alex Stafford, for the first time. What was his reaction to the introduction, and why did he react that way?
Every other time Sarah's father has come to visit, Sarah has been sent away, so she is excited about meeting him and apprehensive about what he will think of her. The meeting, however, is not the pleasant reunion Sarah is anticipating. Instead, Alex Stafford seems disgusted by her presence and insists that Sarah leave him alone with Mae. Eavesdropping outside the door, Sarah learns that she was never wanted by her father. She also learns that Alex has a wife and another family, and would prefer his relationship with Mae to remain uncomplicated by Sarah's existence.
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