But the bitch makes her pay for her daring, pointing out that Eleanor's bad attitude is the result of living in this gauche city, and that if she returned to her home she might return to 'normal'. Eleanor immediately becomes docile & meek, remembering her place, dependent on them.
After dinner, her mother wants to have a drink at the bar. Eleanor can't even remark about the weather without getting a sneer from her mother.
Eleanor's mother is like a vampire that sucks the joy out of everything.
"Eleanor, dear, your father & I were wondering if you perhaps had a man in your life we'd be able to meet. You've always been shy around boys, despite your troublemaking in other areas, and we're concerned that you'll never find a husband if you don't start mingling with the right people," her mother says.
"I don't intend to ever marry, Mother. I've told you that," Eleanor says, as another round hits the table. "Nonsense, child. Of course you'll marry, you have to pass on our family genes. But you aren't going to meet the right kind of men out here," her mother insists. Eleanor is grateful that her mother can't force her to marry anyone against her will.