Rose is the far more impractical sister, who has no notion of how the real world works – at one point, after dying fabric green and finding her hands also green, she notices the emptiness of the cookie jar and threatens to run away and live in London, to which her ESFP stepmother retorts that the life of a prostitute is “very hard work, it will not suit you.” She believes in premonitions and luck, and wishes on the gargoyle for a rich husband who can take away all her problems (“it’s all right,” her little brother tells their stepmother, “Rose is just dabbling in the occult”). She starts scheming the minute she sees the Cotton brothers, and insists upon setting her sights on the older one, despite his beard, who will inherit a vast fortune—money over love! But she is inept in flirtation and manages to make a fool of herself often, because she has never “done” these things and doesn’t know “how to do them.” She has a certain amount of sentiment toward their old life and rituals, and asks Cassandra to perform the “pagan rites” one last time for her. The American brother comments that Rose is inconsistent, and he’s never sure “which version of her” is going to show up. She can be selfish and easily insulted. Her attempts to flirt and charm fall flat because it’s obviously fake. She is easily offended and hurt by most things, from people’s rude comments about why they are all wearing green to her sensitivity about her ostentatious and weird pink evening dress (which looks fru-fru and too young for her). She retaliates rudeness with rudeness and can be insincere, self-absorbed in her feelings, and mercenary. She thinks the only way to happiness is to force herself to fall in love with a rich man who can afford to buy her nice things, and measures that love by the beautiful clothes she can now afford, but in the end cannot deny her feelings for his brother and runs away, with no thought for Simon. Rose complains that he is too “needy” and wants her love “all the time,” like a puppy dog.

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Rose is mercenary to an absurd degree; she brags about how she intends to make a boy fall in love with her, so she can have everything she wants, then finds him annoying once he becomes over-reliant on her (she complains that he wants love and affirmation all the time). She is about to “die of mortification,” whenever anything goes wrong or she shows up in a suit that is five years out of date, or has to wear a fur coat that she thinks is rubbish, because she feels she has been denied the beautiful things that a special girl like she deserves. She denounces love for finding a rich husband and has no problem faking emotions she does not feel to make boys like her, although her attempts are overt, obvious, and “too much,” and read as insincere and cheesy. She would rather crawl on her hands and knees out of the train station and be mistaken for a bear than embarrass herself in an old fur coat. She prides herself, upon reaching London, that people now take her seriously because she has a new haircut and new shoes and new clothes and looks fashionable. She can be seductive but also emotionally over-reactive and inconsistent, even hysterical at times. Rose believes in her own false image, that she is above such things as common affections and that she can control whom she loves, when in reality, she is only running away from the truth in favor of a preferred ideal.