In "Amy Foster" by Joesph Conrad, how did Amy's father bring disgrace to his family? 

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In Amy Forster, Kennedy (the country doctor) relates that Amy's father is Isaac Forster, a former small farmer who became a shepherd. The story is that Isaac ran away with and married his wealthy father's cook; as a result, Isaac's father proceeded to cut him out of the family will. It was also rumored that the old man also made physical threats against his son's life.

Kennedy relates that this scandalous, old affair arose from the similarities in character between father and son. As Kennedy tells the story of Amy's infatuated love for Yanko, it is evident that Amy is much like her father when it comes to matters of love. Although she is described as a passive and detached character, Amy falls in love wholly and possessively.

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