Miss Neville is of a yielding type with no strong personality either like Tony or Miss Hardcastle. She submits to the control of Mrs. Hardcastle, and would not have broken from it, even when there was Hastings to rescue her. When Hastings proposes that she should run away with him to France, she wavers and does not consent until Tony secures her jewels, another hold upon her. from his mother. Then it all goes wrong as Mrs. Hardcastle gets hack the jewels and that because of Hastings’ carelessness in entrusting them to Marlow who is himself distracted by his own affair. Hastings letter to Tony falls into the hands of Mrs. Hardcastle, and then she discovers the plot of Hastings.
Now it is the worst that could have happened to Miss Neville. Mrs. Hardcastle is going to take her off to her aunt. Pedigree. Tony, who has a pact with Hastings, renewed at this critical stage, comes to her rescue. He takes his mother and Miss Neville round and round in a chaise and finally lands them by the horse-pond at the bottom of the garden. It has been a lesson to Mrs. Hardcastle, but it leaves Miss Neville more sacred than ever.
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She has become more prudent than before. There is a chance now for Miss Neville to get away from the control of Mrs. Hardcastle and choose her own life. But she will not part with her jewels. This is what she says to Hastings: “Prudence once more comes to my relief and I will obey its dictates. In the moment of passion. fortune may be despised, but it ever produces a lasting repentance. I’m resolved to apply to Mr. Hardcastle’s compassion and justice for redress:” Tony proves again her good angel. According to the wish of Miss Neville. Hastings appeals to Hardcastle. Sir Charles too approves the match. Miss Neville confesses to dissimulating love for Tony to avoid oppression, and now desires that her fortune be restored to her and she herself left free. Hardcastle addresses Tony and declares that he has been of age of more than three months now. Mrs. Hardcastle wanted to have Miss Neville for Tony’s wife and secure her fortune too so that it might not pass out of the family. Now her scheme is defeated. To be of age is a prospect welcomed by Tony more than anything else. He has no desire to fetter the will of Miss Neville. So it is a liberation to himself and to Miss Neville. He renounces Miss Neville formally, declaring that she is free to marry anybody she pleases
Miss Neville had no freedom of her own like Tony. Mrs. Hardcastle had a grip upon both, and the difference between two was that Tony wanted to break away from his mother, and Miss Neville had no alternative but to submit to Mrs. Hardcastle and pose all the time that she was in love with Tony, while Tony repudiated her. She could. however, trust in Tony’s goodwill, and finally she owes her independence to Tony’s generous impulse Miss Neville is sensible enough to recognize the good nature of Tony, for she tells Miss Hardcastle: “It is a good natured creature at bottom, and I’m sure would wish to see me married to anybody hut himself.”