Posted by Amy on April 28, 1997 at 02:10:23:
In reply to Aunt Norris: what's with this woman, anyhow? posted by Barbara on April 28, 1997 at 00:54:16
] My theory at present is that she is jealous of her sister Maria for snagging the wealthy baronet and of both her sisters for being able to have children when she has not. Her scheming and moralizing works against both her sisters in a way. And yet, I wonder if Aunt Norris even realizes what a viper she really is. The scariest thing about her is that deep down, maybe she does think she is helping and doing the right thing!
On some level she does realize what's wrong with her, because she's continually telling everyone that she is what she isn't -- not inclined to talk, generous.
There's shading on Auntie's back story I hadn't picked up before. She knew she'd have to watch her pennies when she married, but did not realize she'd get pleasure from it. I guess true misers like Silas Marner and Aunt Norris start out pretty normal and innocent, then gradually allow the hoarding drive to govern their lives.
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