Cord and Arlene were dating, it was serious. The way they spoke, looked at each other, were always together.
Then, his mother found out and was totally against Arlene.
The issue with Cord is where other men would shut a mother like that out of his life, he tried to accommodate her. Cord tried to please his mother, and his Mama made sure to demand it.
Mama’s trick was that whenever there was a social occasion or Cord was planning some date with Arlene she had her demands, her requirements.
Then, Mama started rumours about Arlene which those who knew Cord’s mother slapped away. Those who didn’t know her, or weren’t annoyed by her, believed them.
Cord believed them.
This caused the end of the relationship between Cord and Arlene.