The narrator introduces Tina, Charles’ pretty fiancee, as a typical Victorian woman—obedient and demure, with an intense fear of sexuality. Yet she also displays an uncommonly strong will and a sense of self-irony, along with a sense of humor, without which “she would have been a horrid spoiled child.” She reveals her shallowness in her petty response to the news that Charles may lose his inheritance and title.
Dr. Grogan is Charles’ old bachelor friend and confidant. He encourages Charles to view Sarah as a...
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