Buttercup is so intensely private about her feelings that she doesn’t even tell the “farm boy” that she loves him; instead, she comes up with reasons to have him do things for her, rather than do them for herself. The narrator says she figures out one day that by saying “as you wish,” he is actually saying “I love you,” even though he never said it to her. She agrees to marry Humperdink, even though she knows she doesn’t love him and never will; her heart belongs to Westley alone. Her emotions dictate her decisions, including her decision to commit suicide in the honeymoon suite. When the Dread Pirate Roberts accuses her of betraying true love, Buttercup retaliates violently, insisting he doesn’t know her or her feelings, and cannot possibly imagine the depths of “true love,” with the implication that she alone feels these things. Buttercup likens her lover’s eyes to the sea after a storm. She is also somewhat naïve and almost pathetically inept when it comes to reacting to the physical environment – though she leaps into the water to get away from the ship, when they reach the top of the cliffs, she merely lays there, senseless, while the men cut the rope of the man trying to save her. In the fire swamp, Westley has to save her multiple times because she is oblivious to the environment – she doesn’t notice the ROUS’s until they leap on him, the lightening sand until she falls into it, or the fire bursts. When he’s attacked by a rodent, she stands there in shock and has no clue what to do or how to help him, merely pushing the rodent away with a stick when it comes after her (and shouting to be rescued). Buttercup senses that the guards are going to kill Westley, and she can’t have that, so she barters for their life, promising to marry the prince if he will let Westley go back to his ship. She naively assumes he will keep his word, but later figures out that he hasn’t, and though she has no reason to believe otherwise, firmly remains convinced that her lover will save her, because their love is so deep and passionate and true, nothing can stand in its path. She figures out after the prince shows confusion about his “four fastest ships” that he never sent word to her love in the first place. She is not always aware of danger until it is too late, since she assumes the worst of no one. Buttercup spends a lot of time looping into Si, in how she can’t move on from her lover’s death even years later. She remains convinced that he is the only person she will ever love, that there is no one else for her, that she can do nothing to change her circumstances. She may as well remain true to his memory, rather than adapting to the outside world. Rather than talk about her feelings, she acts on them. She is decisive in what she wants and able to articulate it, as well as insults toward Humperdink, without hesitation. Buttercup is not a creative thinker, and is stumped by problems – she relies on Westley to think his way out of their plight, because she can’t often do it herself. Though, she does make some plans and tries to carry them out (“I intend to kill myself…”)… usually led by her feelings.

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Buttercup is very firm in all of her opinions, and doesn’t hesitate to tell anyone off; she enjoys bossing Wesley around, and being proper at the beginning, wanting to do things right. She’s very offended in her dream when accused of marrying someone who is not her true love, because it would be the wrong thing to do. She accepts the Prince’s lies about finding her lover because he calls upon his honor, and it doesn’t occur to her to distrust him immediately. It only occurs to her later, after he makes a mistake in front of her, that he is lying to her (showing her sense of idealism). It’s all or none with her – she doesn’t hesitate to moralize and lecture at the Dread Pirate Roberts, or to tell him off with no regard for her personal safety (“I loved him more than a killer like you could ever dream of!”). Buttercup’s motivations and ambitions in life are almost nil, especially after she thinks Wesley has died. She simply decides to give up on her life, since she will “never love again,” and goes along with things she doesn’t want to do, just because other people ask it of her (she doesn’t care about Prince Humperdink, but still agrees to marry him for whatever reason; and then intends to kill herself, when he goes through with the marriage, after thanking his father for being sweet to her). She also tends to believe the best in people, to her own downfall—she thinks nothing of three strangers approaching her, and can do nothing to stop them from knocking her unconscious and kidnapping her.