Mary (Polly) Hutchison was born and raised in the village of Slamannan in the Southern Uplands of Scotland. Even at a young age, she was considered an original, her sister Elizabeth is quoted as saying: “Even in this close family, Polly was special. [We all loved one another but somehow...
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... with her but I hated to hurt her…]” (p.60). This quote is just a small sample of what Simmie wrote to show us the personality of Jack Wilson. A how he manipulated the two women, which believed he could do no wrong.
Polly’s death was truly senseless. It is ironic that how a good person would meet such a cruel fate at the hands of her own husband, Jack Wilson. A pregnant mother lying dead in an isolated culvert in the cruel Saskatchewan weather while her husband married another unsuspecting, trusting young lady. Polly truly was the victim of Jack’s tangled web of lies: “What a tangled web we weave when first we paradise to deceive,” Sir Walter Scott (1808). If Polly and Jessie would have followed their heads instead of their hearts they would have never experienced the power of Jack Wilson and his lies. It would be interesting to see how life might have been for them.
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