Mrs. Fisher approaches the other ladies with references first, rather than thinking about whether they might be compatible with each other. She wants to do everything upfront and make agreements, to know how much it’s all going to cost, and to have the house managed efficiently. She doesn’t like it when Caroline’s “inefficiency” means the household expenses run way over budget, but likes the idea that they all set themselves a food budget and the cook can fix them things within that set limit. She believes in fairness and doesn’t like the idea of people taking more than their fair share in the house (why should Lotty use the only guest room? I might want to invite someone). She has been caught up in the past, and living too much in her memories. She surrounds herself with photographs of the important people she has met, even in her childhood. She says she remembers “better times and better men.” Mrs. Fisher knows everyone, especially those who are famous (authors, artists, inventors, and other notable celebrities). She admits that her Italian is “old-fashioned,” and she learned it from Robert Browning. She is somewhat traditional, saying that husbands are the only real obstacle to sin. But being in Italy makes her open up more, think about the future rather than the past, etc, because “this place is different. Young.” She decides that it’s better to feel young somewhere than old everywhere. She shows low Ne in her sense of humor, including a joke she makes about her wide friend being unable to get out of a narrow room. Her emotions are somewhat stinted at first. She is grouchy and selfish, kicking other people out of a communal sitting room because she wants to be in it alone (and assuming she has possession over it). She decides that all her close friends are dead, and she now wants “the living.” She becomes warmer and happier with the other girls.

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Mrs. Fisher is strongly morally opinionated. She doesn’t believe in over-indulgence, in smoking in the house, or in doing things that encourage temptation. She quickly wants to resolve the over-spending in the house, because it’s hurting her budget, and it’s inefficient. She sees Caroline as being irresponsible for not “caring” about these things. She becomes angry when she thinks other people are being selfish, but is unaware of her own selfishness until she’s had time to think, start to paint, and relax more. She doesn’t like people who are “imprudent or improper.” She is straightforward in sharing her opinions, but also warms up over time, becoming more considerate of others and more in touch with her desire to love and be loved. She decides to be affectionate (to a certain extent) and love the living.