* FÃ©licitÃ© is introduced as an extraordinary maidservant under Mme. Aubain.
* Mme. Aubain is introduced as a widow who was forced to sell off nearly all of her property after her husband died, leaving her and her two children in significant debt.
* Mme. Aubain's house is described as small and unassuming, but with furniture and belongings left over from better, more affluent days.
* FÃ©licitÃ© is described as appearing ageless, wasting nothing, always looking out for Mme. Aubain's interests, and wearing the same clothes year round.
* FÃ©licitÃ©'s parents die while she is very young and her first job is on a farm where she is beaten and eventually dismissed due to a false allegation of theft.
* When FÃ©licitÃ© is a bit older, she meets a young man named Theodore who leads her on by telling her he wants to marry her, but eventually...
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