The protagonist of the story, this character is a wash-woman. She is a thin woman with sagging, overworked shoulders, and she is deathly afraid of snakes, a fear that her husband cruelly exploits. The story marks a turning point in her life, when she has finally had enough of the abuse her husband inflicts upon her, and the reader can notice an entirely new person emerging between the first time she confronts her husband and the moment of his death. As the men on the general store porch remember, this character had been a very pretty young woman until her husband began to abuse her. It is clear from lines such as this character's "habitual meekness seemed to slip from her shoulders like a blown scarf" that she had taken her husband's beatings, adultery, cruelty, and squandering of her money without a fight for a very long time...
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