Quick Index Board Index Home FAQ Site Map
|A tricky character
Written by Jenny Allan
(10/24/2005 12:32 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Do Not Trust Her, penned by James S.
Mrs. Smith is such an odd character. We only have two real scenes with her and yet they present such a radical opposite view of her. In one we have the stoic invalid, cheerful and full of harmless gossip. In the other we have a quite a manipulator whose gossip, we find is not merely harmless.
I agree that it is difficult to trust her, especially since she begins the whole second meeting with an obvious attempt to butter Anne up. She would see her married to a man she knows to be unscrupulous just to have an in with that man.
I find no way to rationalize on her behalf, except that she is clearly in a desparate situation. Not that it excuses her behavior, but it makes it more understandable and I think that Anne with her charitable (often too charitable) nature, will have a heart to forgive her on the grounds that were she in a similar straightened circumstance and helplessness, she might be tempted to use whatever means she could to try to help herself. Who among us has been in such a situation and if I imagine it for myself, I cannot say that I would be above attempting to manipulate what friends and leverage I may have for survival.
Groupread is maintained by Myretta with WebBBS 3.21.