Mudder Melrose sells fish at the market “all fresh-fresh outta de wata!” as she calls out. She is a kind and caring person, which is why she has earned the prefix ‘Mudder’. She is trusted by the village women to be the box-holder. Every week they bring the box-hand money, carefully saved from their housekeeping money, and at the end of the year, the ladies who throw box-hand have a nice lump sum to spend. Melrose’s husband Victor is a notorious womaniser and now that he has run away with her life savings, she is actually relieved to be rid of him.