Why does everyone hate Mr. Marney in Kelroy by Rebecca Rush?

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In Rebecca Rush's Kelroy, Mr. Marney is hated as an unwanted suitor to Emily Hammond and as a deceitful trickster who helps Mrs. Hammond split up Emily and her true love.

Emily's widowed mother has lost most of her money and must marry off her two daughters to rich...

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In Rebecca Rush's Kelroy, Mr. Marney is hated as an unwanted suitor to Emily Hammond and as a deceitful trickster who helps Mrs. Hammond split up Emily and her true love.

Emily's widowed mother has lost most of her money and must marry off her two daughters to rich men if she is going to retain her social status. The older girl, Lucy, marries the rich Mr. Walsingham, but not without deceit, for he believes her to be wealthy like himself. Emily, however, proves to be more difficult to marry off, for she is in love with the poor poet Kelroy.

Emily and Kelroy get engaged (with a little help from Mr. Walsingham, who threatens to call in Mrs. Hammond's loan if she interferes). But Kelroy goes off on a voyage to India before he marries Emily. While the two are apart, Mr. Marney, who is really quite a nasty fellow and prone to taking advantage of others, agrees to help Mrs. Hammond forge some letters.

This is exactly the kind of thing Mr. Marney likes to do. He is cunning and vulgar with a taste for intrigue. Together, Mr. Marney and Mrs. Hammond send a letter to Emily that is supposedly from Kelroy and releases her from their engagement. They also send a letter to Kelroy that is supposedly from Emily, also breaking off the engagement. Both Emily and Kelroy end up dying as a result.

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