We're going to start off this one with the quote that kicks off this chapter: "My mother died when I was two, my father was a silent and difficult man" (5.1.1). All righty then, Lyman.
Lyman's grandparents had a tense relationship when he was growing up: Grandma seemed like she was afraid of Grandpa. In fact, the only time he ever heard her laugh was when she had guests over.
Given that his grandpa pretty much ran Grass Valley at the time, Lyman lived a pretty easy life. Servants waited on his every need, and the whole town gave him respect.
One day, Lyman told his grandmother that he was writing a report on Mexico. She excitedly told him how much she loved it when she lived there, how it was her "Paris and [her] Rome" (5.1.18).
Lyman ends up using one of his grandmother's stories as the basis for the report, which gets her psyched beyond belief.
Seriously, Susan falls in love with Mexico as soon as she arrives. In fact, she begins sketching scenes furiously even before the train stops.
Susan and Oliver arrive in their new home in Morelia, Mexico. They're going to be staying with Don Gustavo Walkenhorst, a wealthy German who lives with his dead wife's sister, Emelita. They have a nice place, to say the least.
Oliver and Susan stand on the balcony and thank their lucky stars that they ended up here.