*Date of Birth : May 7, 1898
Parents : Candy was abandoned as an infant at Pony's Home orphanage in the spring of 1898. She was raised by two kind-hearted women -- Miss Pony (Paulina Giddings) and Sister Lane Roach(1).
: Miss Pony (ポニー先生) and Sister Lane (レイン先生)
The identity of her parents is unknown. In spring of 1911, at the age of 13, the Lagans hired her as a playmate for their bratty daughter Eliza(2), but instead, she ended up working as a stable maid(3). Falsely accused of stealing Mrs. Lagan's jewelry (maliciously set up by Neal and his sister), Candy was sent to Mexico as a punishment(4).
Eliza and Neal
Soon after her departure, she was rescued by Georges Villers(5) (Albert's right hand/guardian) and was immediately adopted by William A. Ardlay(6), the patriarch of the family whose true identity remained a mystery. Candy would always refer to him as "Grand Uncle William"(7) since everyone assumed he was an elderly man, who was an eccentric recluse(8). The matriarch of the family, Elroy Ardlay (Albert's aunt), was highly opposed to this adoption.
: William "Albert" Ardlay (ウィリアム・アルバート・アードレー)
Candy later discovered that her adoptive father was also the "Prince on the Hill"(9), a 17 y/o boy she had met on Pony's Hill in 1904, when she was 6 y/o(10).
Prince on the Hill
Relatives : Candy's closest family members were the children she grew up with at Pony's Home, most notably Annie Brighton, her best friend and "sister" who was found the same day that she was abandoned at the orphanage. She was adopted by the Brightons in 1904, when she was 6 y/o(11). After WWI ended, she and Archie Cornwell became engaged and were married at Lakewood, Michigan(12).
As the adopted daughter of the Ardlay's, Candy also acquired some "cousins" (or technically, second cousins if we were to follow this Ardlay Family Tree). They first met Candy after she began working for the Lagans in 1911 and attended St. Paul's Academy with her in 1912. Some time before America joined the war in April, 1917, Stair volunteered to join the allied forces(13). He died bravely when his plane was shot down in an air battle(14). Archie went on to attend Graduate School in Massachusettes after the war ended in November, 1918(15). He later married Annie Brighton despite the objections of his Grand-aunt Elroy.
Archibald (Archie) Cornwell (アーチーボルト・コーンウェル) / Alistair (Stair) Cornwell (アリステア・コーンウェ)ル
Past relationship: Candy's "first love" as a teenager was Anthony Brown(16), the grand-nephew of Great-aunt Elroy. Candy initially mistook him for the "Prince on the Hill" due to the facial similarities, but it was clear in her mind and heart that it was Anthony that she loved(17)(18). At the age of 15(19), he fell and died from a horse-riding accident during a fox hunt in the autumn of 1911, more than 20 years ago from Candy's present day(20). Despite their brief time together, Anthony was able to grow a special rose for Candy, which he named "Sweet Candy"(21).
Past Education : Candy attended the Royal St. Paul's Academy in England on January, 1912(22). During her time in school, she kept a monthly diary describing her student life and her growing feelings for Terry Granchester, a rebellious student who was also the son of a duke. Despite some of their quarrelsome encounters, they fell in love and spent some of their summer vacation together in Scotland. He even gave her private piano lessons at his villa(23). Candy ended up dropping out of school at the end of the year after learning that Terry had expelled himself in her place(24). Before departing for America by stowing away on a merchant ship(25), she entrusted her diary to her adoptive father "William Ardlay"(26).
Terence (Terry) Granchester (テリュース・G・グランチェスター)
After her return to Pony's Home, she attended Mary Jane's School of Nursing at St. Joseph's hospital in either spring of 1913 or 1914(27). (Webmistress note: If Candy had enrolled in Nursing school during the spring of 1913, she would have been 15 y/o and would have completed at least a year of studies before her internship at St. Joanna's hospital in Chicago in 1914. If she had enrolled in spring of 1914, that would mean she remained at Pony's Home for a whole year after her return to America. It's up to the reader to decide.)
Occupation/Career : Candy began working as a nurse at St. Joanna's Hospital in Chicago(28), before the start of WWI (July 28, 1914). Around autumn of the same year, she was able to see Terry perform during his "King Lear" tour in Chicago, but was unable to meet him(29)(30). In the meantime, they exchanged many letters between them, some of them even stolen by Susanna Marlowe, an actress obsessively in love with Terry. They finally reunited in New York (estimated winter, 1916) after he sent her a one-way ticket to see his lead performance in the play "Romeo and Juliet"(31). During the rehearsal, Susanna saved Terry from a fallen stagelight. She was severely injured in his place and was confined to a wheelchair for life(32). (Webmistress note: In the CC Final Story, the author does not specify that Susanna lost her leg like in the manga/anime.) After hearing that Susanna was pressuring Terry to marry her, Candy went to see her at the hospital, where she arrived in time to stop her from falling off the hospital roof. Seeing Terry torn and anguished over his situation, Candy couldn't bear to see him suffer and made a painful decision. She realized they couldn't be happy together as long as Susanna needed him, so they both made the heartbreaking choice to separate(33).
When she returned to Chicago, she was fired by the hospital Director Leonard, who discovered she was living with Albert after he was expelled from the hospital(34). Albert was suffering from amnesia caused when his train was bombed in Italy(35) and Candy wanted to watch over him. She then found work with Dr. Martin at the Happy Clinic and was still working there and living with Albert when America entered the war (April 6, 1917)(36). Unbenownst to Candy, Albert regained his memory and mysteriously disappeared(37). While searching for him at Rockstown, she was surprised to see Terry performing poorly in a circus tent. She had heard rumors that he had lost his passion for acting and that he had been thrown out of work(38). When he abruptly improved his acting performance (after seeing her face through the crowd), she decided it was best not to meet him. Instead, she had met unexpectedly with his concerned mother, Eleanor Baker, who was secretly watching over her son(39). When she discovered she was to be engaged with Neal Lagan, Georges helped her to meet her adoptive father to overturn the decision. It was then that she discovered that her adoptive father, William A. Ardlay, was actually Albert(40). She moved back to Pony's Home (estimated spring, 1918) where Albert revealed that he was also the "Prince of the Hill"(41). In winter of 1918, Albert began building a new "Happy Clinic" near her hometown and Candy invited Dr. Martin to work there(42). After the clinic was constructed the following year (estimated 1919), Candy continued to work as a nurse with Dr. Martin(43).
*Height : 5 ft 1 inch (1 m 55 cm)
*Weight : 99 lbs (45 kg)
*Shoe size : 8.66 inches (22 cm)
*Blood Type : O
*Favorite color : red
*Hair color : reddish-blonde
*Eye color : green
: *Birthdate and personal measurements taken from the
appendix "Nakayoshi Manga Shinbun" in the
Nakayoshi magazine (June,1977)
Summary of her life based on the MANGA timeline (vastly differs from CC Final Story timeline)
: Nakayoshi magazine
(June,1977) appendix "Nakayoshi Manga Shinbun"
Present Information :
Current relationship : It is rumored that Candy is happily married to "anohito あのひと", Terence Granchester, the man she "loved more than anyone else"(44), Upon receiving Terry's letter a year and a half after Susanna's death, revealing that he (or rather, his feelings) had not changed(45), it is firmly believed Candy and Terry had reunited and refused to be separated again(46).
Current status/residence : It is rumored that Candy is presently living with her husband/ "anohito" (aka Terry) in a home situated near the Avon River(47) (presumably in England). Candy is now in her late 30's, facing the coming of WWII (1939)(48).