To MikeN
 From LauraO
        I don't believe that this idea of her having been sexually abused
during her childhood is a valid explanation of her silence.  I was under
the impression that it was a result of the traumatic loss of her first love
which if I remember correctly happened in a fire.  Also, I believe that her
first love was also a talented musician who aided in the cultivation of her
own talents.  I am not a psychologist but I feel that it would be safe to
assume that the loss of this relationship did have a severe impact on Ada
and could have trapped her into a world of silence.