Marguerite thrives the most when her husband leaves to fight wars and earn money to help his struggling financial situation, because he leaves her in front of the farm, where her sensible suggestions make great strides in improving their situation. She suggests they use horses to plow the fields instead of the slow oxen (when her foreman objects, saying that her husband insists the horses are too valuable to work, she points out that they are worth more alive than dead, and they will die without feed this winter); she balances the household accounts, and attends to the small details of daily life, and seems delighted to do so. She also trusts her own personal experiences, and those of other people; she says of Le Gris, that he may be handsome, but “my husband does not trust him.” She wants a child more than anything, is painfully aware of her own “barrenness,” and wants to rectify the situation; she finds her greatest satisfaction in motherhood, and says if she had known she would bear a child, she might have “done what other women have done before me, and remained silent about my assault” (because sharing it has put her own life in danger). Marguerite has a sweet nature, is submissive and obedient to her husband, and seeks to please him. When his temper flares, she becomes alarmed that he has jeopardized their position and now they can no longer attend court, because of her awareness of the social implications of his actions. She praises him when he meets his former friend/rival in public and appears to make peace, telling him that it is always better to make peace and smile, even when you do not feel like it. She seeks comfort among her friends, and is hurt when one of them turns against her. She openly shares her feelings on numerous occasions, as she experiences them (saying that she does not understand why she cannot get pregnant, and that is “what I want more than anything”; contradicting her husband, and pointing out that he fights for his own vanity and pride, rather than her sake, etc). Marguerite tries to repress her feelings about her assault, but finds she cannot remain silent; she has to tell her husband, and once she does, she insists that what she tells him is true. She is sensible enough to tell him she wishes him to settle this in a private local court, rather than take it to the king. Marguerite is also somewhat naïve and trusting; her husband has told her to bar the door, and forbidden her to be around anyone in his absence, but her kindness leads her to open it and let in a man—inadvertently admitting Le Gris at the same time. But she is perceptive enough to sense that he has rather too high an opinion of himself, and to grasp her husband’s arrogant motivations in defending her.

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Marguerite simply wants to love and be loved, and the creation of a child (even though it’s from a rape) gives her the lasting happiness she has looked for, throughout her entire marriage. She has sought to be needed and tried to supply that to her husband wherever she could – washing his feet, attending to his physical needs (even without enjoying it), and saying that surely he must praise her, because of all the good and useful things she has done in his absence, by running the estate so well. She compassionately returns money to some of his tenants, when they pay her too much (they say her husband did not collect it last time). She is also very hurt when others betray her or say cruel things to her, such as when her mother-in-law infers that she is barren, and any hopes for an heir are futile. When she becomes angry, she becomes much more assertive—standing up to her husband and her mother-in-law, telling the courts that she insists upon justice, showing a willingness not to back down from their threats and pressure to give in, and speaking her mind. Her 1 wing believes in doing what is right and good; she worries that the dress she is considering is too scandalous, because it is low cut, and changes into another one after her husband tells her she looks like a whore; she also doesn’t believe in allowing a lie to be spread about her, that she consented to a rape. She wants it known what actually happened.