Hopewell, and she invites him to stay for dinner even though she is "sorry the instant she heard herself say it.
This story is divided into four rather distinct sections which help emphasize the relationships between the four central characters. To her mother Mrs. Thus, ironically, in pointing out her mother's "blindness," Hulga has revealed to us that she herself is blind about her own desires and her own view of reality.
Freeman, as a lady whom "she was never ashamed to take. She takes care of it as someone else might take care of his soul.
Hopewell likes to praise Glynese and Carramae by telling people that they are "two of the finest girls" she knows, and she also praises their mother, Mrs. Freeman are described as having steely eyes capable of penetrating Hulga's facade.
Turpin though she is marriedand the precocious or educated child becomes the messenger of her revelation in a typically clotted utterance which the protagonist must ponder until it is clarified in an awful moment of truth.