Happily NEVER After
" "Her life," said he, "shall be like a fairy tale." " - Washington Irving "The Wife"
Have you ever actually taken a close look at fairy tales? Look at their endings, side-by-side. Noticing a pattern, perchance? Yep, you guessed it.
They all end in HAPPILY EVER AFTER.
Does the life of Leslie and his relationship with his blushing bride end in a positive way? Not exactly. As a matter of fact, it ends rather negatively. They lose everything they have in the blink of an eye, and Leslie originally doesn't want to tell Mary. Why? Well, think of it this way. If you lost your entire life's savings, would you want to confess the error or your ways to your newly wedded wife? I certainly wouldn't. Yet, somehow, this story manages to end happily, with Mary being content with her new life of poverty. Could this be because of the fact that she truly loves Leslie and couldn't care less about his money, or is she actually hiding all of her true emotions just to deal with the negative outcome?
Leslie claims that his wife took the news of their loss of wealth "like an angel," but who really knows? After all, we don't see at all into the mind of Mary herself.
THE END. (Not such a happy ending here, now is there?)