From a lang-8 post I was proofreading:
A long time ago, there lived a little girl. ... [some things happen: the girl meets a travelling priest etc.] ... The wisdom of his words changed the girl forever. Since then, when someone asked about her father, she said with a smile, "I am a child of Luck". She had grown up, and it was said that she became a barmaid, kind and generous. One rainy night, a young man clothed in rags came into her tavern.
I changed the bolded phrase to grew up, but could it be that the Past Perfect is possible here? If the PP is erroneous here, it's hard for me to come up with a nice explanation why.
What could be the main obstacle to using the PP in this sentence? The conjunction and?
Maybe "it was said" is too diffuse in duration too? I also guess that "it was said" occured after she became a barmaid, this complicates the picture.
What if we delete "it was said":
She had grown up and became a barmaid, kind and generous.
Would this be okay?