Happily NEVER After

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" "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?)

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Reading this post provoked an interesting thought for me. What if like you said, Mary is hidding all of her emotions. How different would the story be if Mary in return was hidding something huge, like for example she did actually marry Leslie for his money. This story could sooo easily completely change to the opposite and end horribly if Mary weren't such an admirable character.

Mary truely is in love with her husband, if he could just open his eyes and see that. He is the one I have a problem with, come on Leslie just be a man and tell your wife the truth. What if Mary doesn't care because she has taken some money over the years and put it away for them in case of something like this happening? Coming from a poor family maybe she learned from being raised poor that you need to be careful with money!

I agree, I do not think Mary is the type of girl to marry for riches, and if that is the case, wouldn' t the author, or George, hint to the reader about Mary's intentions? Although I believe that she truly loves Leslie more than he does her, otherwise he would have had the huevos to be honest with her from the beginning. Most relationships go from rags to riches and some stay together and some don't. But most riches to rags relationships end in disaster because theree is usually blame involved. Not in this case. There is just...love!

It seems Mary truly did love Leslie despite his faults, but the story ends there. Who's to say where they would be a few later.

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