Granny Wetherall has encountered many challenges during her long, hard life. One might say she's weathered many storms. Whatever life's thrown at her, she's always managed to get through it—outwardly, at least. Because inside she's been tormented by the traumatic events of that terrible day, many years before, when she was left standing at the altar by her would-be bridegroom. That such a defining moment in her life preoccupies and torments Granny Weatherall on her deathbed makes a mockery of her name, with all its connotations of strength and the tough public persona she's developed through years of hard struggle.
For although the old woman's surname may be appropriate for how she's lived her life, for the public face of indomitability and flinty resolve she's presented to the world, it's woefully inadequate to describe her inner life, the depths of her tortured soul.