What is Mrs. Mobry's reason?
It should be clear to the students that Mrs. Mobry has an illness that can be transmitted from parent to child, that causes mental impairment and confusion, and that is deeply stigmatized in the Mobrys' social milieu. It was because of this disease that Mrs. Mobry did not want to marry Mr. Mobry for years, and that she did not want her children to marry. You can encourage this discussion by explaining the history of syphilis.
Compare the marriages in "A Respectable Woman" and "A Point at Issue!"
Both stories refer to a genuine friendship between husband and wife, which some students may acknowledge as...
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