By analyzing Mr. Waythorn in "The Other Two" by Edith Wharton, examine his experiences, character, and conflicts.

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Waythorn is a man of business who marries Alice Varick, a woman who has been married and divorced twice before. He is described as dull and attracted to his wife for her high spirits. He seems impressionable and easily swayed, as he is won over by his wife's charms and does not inquire fully into her past before marrying her. He assumes that her first husband, Haskett, is a brute, and he at first believes that his wife is not to blame for her two failed marriages.

Though he first feels conflicted about allowing Haskett to visit his wife's daughter, he gradually gives in and even admires the man for his attentions to his daughter. Waythorn also comes to represent Varick, his wife's second husband, in a business transaction. Over time, his reluctance to deal with these men fades, and he seems to find them preferable to his wife. He is weak in his convictions and allows himself to accede to what is comfortable for his wife.

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Mr. Waythorn is, overall, a conventional person who supports social...

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