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Annie is the protagonist of D.H. Lawrence's story. She is pragmatic, competitive, and aggressive when crossed. In the story, Annie initially keeps the roving John Joseph at arm's length. She prides herself on her iron self-control, an attribute she feels that many of John Joseph's female admirers lack.

However, when Annie allows John Joseph to escort her to the fair, all bets are off. Annie soon discovers that she is as susceptible to John Joseph's charms as the other girls are. Meanwhile, the philandering stud is confident that he can enjoy and discard Annie on his own time. After all, he has treated other girls similarly. For her part, Annie is lured into complacence by John Joseph's masculine wiles. Her naivety about men is demonstrated by her eagerness to trust in John Joseph's sincerity.

She begins to make emotional demands on John Joseph after several dates. Like many of the girls before her, Annie desires the "developing intimacy" between them to result in a more permanent attachment. She fails to realize that this inclination will precipitate the end of her relationship with John Joseph.

After John Joseph leaves her, Annie weeps with "fury, indignation, desolation, and misery." Her anger is actuated by hurt pride and the pain of rejection. When crossed, Annie is an implacable foe. John Joseph soon discovers that Annie is a woman to be reckoned with. Her vindictive desire for revenge is aided by her resourcefulness, cunning, and exquisite sense of timing. Annie enlists the help of other women who have been jilted by John Joseph, and together, they give John Joseph the beating of his life.

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