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How is the mother is a worse character than Mr. Shiftlet in "The Life You Save May Be Your Own"?  

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Mrs. Crawford is only interested in material wealth, whereas Mr. Shiftlet is not interested in money.

At the beginning of the story, the old woman and her daughter are sitting on the porch.  Mrs. Crawford apparently does not think her daughter can get a husband on her own, since she is mute.  She therefore seems to offer her daughter up to any stranger that comes by.

Mrs. Crawford wants Mr. Shiftlet to stick around, but he’s not...

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