She looked down and wouldn’t meet my eyes finally she said, “What I’m trying to say daddy is I need you sexually. I want you daddy. Please don’t refuse me I don’t think I could take that. I really need you.”

I was dumbfounded. I said, “My god Edith what are you saying? Of course you’re a desirable woman. I can’t imagine what Ralph is thinking. You’re the most beautiful woman I know. He’s a fool to leave you for his secretary. I suppose she’s younger… You said she’s twenty-one, but you’re only thirty-one. You still have a wonderful body and you’re beautiful. Your hair is so silky and your face is so pretty. I don’t see how he could leave you.

I suppose it must be the wages of sin. It looks like my youthful sins of the flesh are coming back to haunt me. it’s something I know I shouldn’t have done. I was young and I didn’t know what I was doing until it was too late. I hope you won’t blame granddad. It wasn’t really his fault. I could have said no and he would have stopped but I didn’t. I wanted it. I really wanted you but I let him…”

She started to sob harder and I began to have a sinking feeling in my gut. It sounded like she had let her mother’s father fuck her and there must be more to it. I wondered if her grandfather was the father of her daughters Ellen and Elaine.