Mabel, who has no clue where she is going to go after her father dies, deals with the harassment of her brothers that are moving off to find jobs. Mabel usually just stays quiet as they nag her about many things. Mabel and her brothers do not have much in common because they were good looking and always told her she had a bulldog face. As they sat around the table together, they heard the sound of horse’s feet trampling outside for one of the last times. They watched the horses while feeling helpless, but Joe was engaged to a woman whose dad would supply him with a job. The other of Mabel’s brothers were able to get out and figure out a way to make it in the world, but Mabel was just left with no other option but to go and live with Lucy to be a servant. Mabel’s brothers had depended on her to take care of the house for years since her mother’s death and she just didn’t accept the fact of becoming a servant, once again. As Joe is nagging Mabel more about going to live with Lucy, Malcolm says that he sees Jack Fergusson. Jack shows up at the door and Joe tells him that t...
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...ter, heart-broken sobbing. ‘You can’t want to love me, I’m horrible’” (Lawrence). Jack feeling committed to her says that he will marry her quickly. Jack showing responsibility for Mable by saving her makes her feel as if he loves her because of the affection he shows her while saving her life.
In the story “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter,” love is shown as Jack unexpectedly falls in love with Mabel by helping her through a dark time in her life. Love hit them at such an unexpected time as Jack does his job as a doctor and shows compassion for Mable when she was about to drown in the pond. Mable thinks that since Jack showed responsibility for her that he loved her. He didn’t want to love her, but he just couldn’t help himself. Through the characters Mable and Jack, this story shows that sometimes people fall in love when they least expect it and in unimaginable ways.
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