In "A White Heron," what was the relationship between Sylvia and old Mrs. Tilley?

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Old Mrs. Tilley is actually Sylvia's grandmother.  Mrs. Tilley is very "thankful" to have Sylvia to help her around her farm and chase the old cow who gets out all the time.  Mrs. Tilley had chosen Sylvia to come and live with her from her daughter's houseful of children, and...

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Old Mrs. Tilley is actually Sylvia's grandmother.  Mrs. Tilley is very "thankful" to have Sylvia to help her around her farm and chase the old cow who gets out all the time.  Mrs. Tilley had chosen Sylvia to come and live with her from her daughter's houseful of children, and though people were shocked by her choice, she'd turned out to be right.  Sylvia had been described as fearful of people, but she seemed to come alive when she was brought out of the city and into the country.  As soon as she arrived, she said that this was a beautiful place and that she never wanted to go home again.  The pair seem to have a good relationship, and living with Sylvia seems to help ease Mrs. Tilley's regret that her young son, Dan, who was very like Sylvia, had moved away after a falling out with Mr. Tilley.  

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