Judy is an adept actress able to connect to people easily and fall in love with them quickly. She also has a tendency to become whatever men want of her, adapting herself to their desires and needs even when it pains her to sacrifice her own self in the process. It pains her that no one ever wants her for herself, but she’s willing to change who she is to appeal to them, in the hopes that it will eventually lead them to loving her. She needs approval and for others to like her. Tragically, Judy seems more alive when she is pretending to be someone else — she adopts her mannerisms, her sexuality, her confidence, and stoicism, and loses all of these things once she sheds the role. As Madeline, she is warm and extroverted, but as herself, she is introverted and awkward. She lives and breathes her emotions, and is forthcoming with them. Though it’s dangerous for her to see Scottie after participating in misleading him, she allows her feelings to drive her into his arms once again, and also bends her will to his when he seems determined to “make her” in Madeline’s image. As Madeline, Judy was able to appeal to him on an emotional level, to convince him she was someone else, and even fall in love with him. She finds herself unable to detach from these feelings and pursues them at great potential danger to herself, showing her inability to move on or analyze her own choices beyond her desire to commit to him. As their relationship progresses, Judy becomes more and more uncomfortably aware of his attempts to recreate Madeline, and fearful of the potential consequences. But she remains stuck in the routine of their relationship and unable to move beyond it, because of her love for him and her lethargy in changing her situation. She came to the city a naive country girl, unaware of the ways of men, and was quickly duped by two of them — one who seduced and abandoned her, and another who convinced her to play the role of his wife to mislead Scottie and then wanted nothing more to do with her. Her interactions with Scottie set the tempo for their ongoing relationship and establish an emotional intimacy that does not fade once she sheds the illusion of being someone else. She’s enough aware of the vast differences between herself and Madeline to avoid any real crossover in their conversations, other than a physical resemblance. Scottie says her “sentimentality” in keeping a piece of Madeline’s jewelry was her undoing, because she forgot and wore it in his presence. Judy is somewhat naive in her belief that she can convince Scotty to love her for who she is, without her past catching up to them both. She is poor at considering her decisions from a rational standpoint. Though it would be prudent for her to leave the city after they play the trick of Scottie, she remains local out of her fondness for him and her own lack of interest in changing her situation or environment.

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Judy transforms herself into someone else, out of a desire to receive love – she assumes if she gives men what they want from her, they will love her, even if it means being insincere to her actual self. Even though she knows it’s dangerous to see Scotty, because he might stumble across the truth that she roleplayed Madeline, she loves him so much, she has to stick around and attempt to get him to love her for herself, rather than for the ghost that occupies his mind. The more she is around him, the more he pressures her to become Madeline, the more she realizes that he can’t love her for who she is—so she becomes willing to become someone he can love. She lets him change her hair, her clothes, her makeup, her appearance, her walk, all in the hope that at the end of it, he will love her. (She has a 4ish line as well, in that she doesn’t want to be loved for her fake self, but her real one; but as much as she wants to be authentic, she can’t help giving in to him constantly.) She did the same thing with her last lover, allowing him to talk her into participating in a murder scheme, then feeling devastated when he left her with nothing. She assumed she did it for love only to find out he used and then abandoned her. Her 3 wing is so adept at transformation; she can easily become what others want from her, losing herself in the process. She naturally becomes what is desirable to her lovers, while feeling some guilt at her self-betrayal.