What in grandmother's character was so oppressive in The Liars' Club? How important was she in Mary's life?

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Tha character of the grandmother is very judgmental and opinionated. She bosses everyone around.  She is quite critical, disapproving of many things, especially Mary's marriage with Pete. Unfortunately the grandmother joins the Karrs at their house because she has cancer and cannot be alone. The grandmother thinks that she can...

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Tha character of the grandmother is very judgmental and opinionated. She bosses everyone around.  She is quite critical, disapproving of many things, especially Mary's marriage with Pete. Unfortunately the grandmother joins the Karrs at their house because she has cancer and cannot be alone. The grandmother thinks that she can control other people so she is always telling them how to live. She thinks that all people should read the Bible on a daily basis, so she tries to make everyone in the Karr family do that. She is not loving even though she professes to be a Christian. She's a disciplinarian and makes a leather whip to spank the children. She was very important in Mary's life because she lived with them. Mary needed love and encouragement but the grandmother never gave it to her. Instead, she was critical and punitive.

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