A woman of her time, Mrs. Bowles is too busy watching television and wasting time on idle conversations. This helps her to distract herself from despair and melancholy she constantly feels. The relationships between Mrs. Bowles and the rest of the family member are disturbing. Her children feel nothing but hatred towards their mother. After two unhappy marriages, one of which ended with a divorce and another with her husband’s taking his own life, Mrs. Bowles dedicates all her efforts to avoid thinking about the misery. The principal demand of the authorities to be happy is something Mrs. Bowles can never achieve.
Mrs. Bowles in the Essays