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Why does Mrs. Crater want Mr. Shiftlet to marry Lucynell?

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Posted September 14, 2007 at 10:31 PM via web

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Why does Mrs. Crater want Mr. Shiftlet to marry Lucynell?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 14, 2007 at 10:46 PM (Answer #1)

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Mrs. Crater wants to secure the handyman skills of Mr. Shiftlet, and so tries to bribe him with material goods in order to unite him to her daughter.

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mickey2bailey | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted October 19, 2007 at 4:55 AM (Answer #2)

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Mrs. Crater has various reasons for wanting Mr. Shiftlet to marry Lucynell. Mrs. Crater leads a very sedentary life and depends on her daughter to cook, clean, feed the chickens, do the laundry, grocery shop and care giver jobs on the plantation.  To get a son-in-law, she could have a full-time chauffeur, a laborer, a carpenter, mechanic, farmer, etc.  She would have the best of both worlds and wouldn't have to want for anything.  Whoever marries her daughter would have to stay on the farm because her mother would not be able to do any of the self-help skills the daughter does for her.  Mrs. Crater is being very selfish in her desire for a son-in-law.

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