The way Nellie is treated after she gets home is absolutely despicable! She has just been in war, but everyone thinks she is overreacting because she wasn’t in the thick of it and was not a soldier. Her mother’s attitude to her alone made me hate her much more than I ever hated Mrs. Bitch. She’s so preoccupied with how she will look to others because of her daughter’s “disgrace” that she doesn’t see that her daughter is freaking traumatized. OH! And the one line I cannot believe was said! “At least they have died doing their duty.” (pg.185). What. The. Hell. She just said to her own daughters face that she would rather Nellie to have died doing her duty than come home from war and not help to war effort anymore. That kind of selfabsorption is evil. I honestly loved it when Nellie told her mother she burned her uniform and that she was not going back to the war. That was great, but I knew her mother was going to blow up at her. But to say something like that to your own child, she’s not a mother, she’s just an evil woman who will do whatever she can to get what she wants. Maybe she hasn’t always been that way, and I hope she won’t stay that way, but who she is now, I’d be disgraced to call her my mother.
Side note: The letter from The BF killed me a bit inside, especially the line: “I’m just aching to know the details of poor, dear Tosh’s sad death. It must have been too thrilling, though very, very tragic.” (pg.179) I understand that Tosh spoke her mind and was a little vulgar but this vultures curiosity is despicable. I doubt very much that she is sad Tosh died, she just wants the good gossip about how “her inseparable friend” died.