Unable or unwilling to accept help, Benjamin appears concerned for his wife Ann, as together, their immorality is fundamental to the delusion. Ann does not want to change, and Benjamin is confused, double-minded, and incapable of standing his ground against Ann or Matthias!
Interestingly we should consider Benjamin’s feelings. From one small statement, we read, quote. ‘Mr. B. Folger had been disappointed in Matthias’ daughter.’ From this evidence, Benjamin is not a happy man: he considers the abilities and charms of his young country replacement wife Isabella to be inferior to his educated, sophisticated wife, Ann! Surprisingly Benjamin’s views on his second replacement matched spirit wife Catherine are equally dismissive! In yet another concise statement, we read, quote. ‘He was not satisfied with Catherine.’ Shockingly Benjamin is disappointed with both of his replacement match spirit wives. In his disappointment, his desires and interests remain loyal to Ann, his estranged legal wife! We read in the words of Sojourner-Truth, quote. ‘Although he (Benjamin) had twice given up his wife (Ann) formally, he never lost his affection for her, nor did she lose her influence over him; he was continually in a state of irritation; for a while, he professed a belief in Matthias’ power, he yet could not acquiesce in the substitution of a very plain, unpolished woman, for his fascinating wife.’ (Ref: H40)
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