The Sioux, the power and the abuse.
Some people use their power to do good, and some, to do exactly the opposite. The Benoirs are multi-millionaires. They call themselves The Sioux (for the tribe). They have power and they show it. Unashamedly. Armand Benoir is venerated by his sister Marguerite, who is now married to her third husband - Castleton. The story mainly revolves around Marguerite's son - the fragile, submissive, George Marie Benoir. Marguerite not only abuses her staff but she also abuses her nine-year old sick son and is proud of it. Her words are enough to mark him forever. Her brother loves her and Castleton, just married her, but she soon tests their patience when one day she whips her son, with the same whip her ancestors used on their slaves. It was so bad that the poor child had to wear gloves to hide the raw flesh for months. And yet George, blinded with the unconditional, noble love that children have, still loved his "mama darling". Castleton could not forgive her for this and he tells Armand to do something about his sister otherwise he had no choice but to leave. Since Armand loved George and considered Castleton to be George's saviour, he gives his sister some attitude. And Castleton does the same... Another kind of power is the type this book had on me. Sometimes to the point that I wanted to tear the book into pieces; for the thing I cannot tolerate the most is abuse. Especially on children. I felt so much for George, it was like someone was constantly squeezing the blood out of my heart. The writing was that good, and its no wonder it was also praised by Du Maurier. A heartbreaking, mentally exhausting, worth-the-effort read.
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