Mr. Parker was the village’s richest resident, but it didn’t bring him happiness. Villagers were avoiding him and feared him, often gossiping behind his back. Gerald didn’t understand them. So what that guy lived alone in a large house, wore mostly black clothes and went out rarely? Gerald didn’t treat Mr. Parker the same way as others and was nice to him. It was possible that Gerald felt some kind of solidarity against the old man because for the villagers he was a weirdo too. After all, he was a grave-digger.