Her father could barely manage two times of meals for so many mouths, that included four daughters, then fate added further misery. He died all of a sudden. She was nine, her older sister ten, the younger ones five and three. They had two brothers, they were still too young to take up their father’s profession, priesthood, so the family starved and begged from neighbours for survival.
Well that managed eating somehow but what about marriage? Even though they were semi-starving that did not spared their mother from her “duties to the society”, she had to marry her daughters off before they were eleven.
Then her elder sister was married off to a old man, he married her, collected cash for that and other items, but left her behind, he did not had a home to take his bride to, he lived in the homes of his more than seventy wives, in rotation, and as a result of that “living” he made her sister a mother, two more hungry mouths added up in the already huge household before he too died accidentally.
She was a bit luckier because she was very beautiful, a septugenarian she called “grandfather” married her, he was feeling lonely after his fourth wife died in cholera. Some of his grandkids were older than her, but at-least he was affluent, and she was able to help her family with his consent.