The Heiress : Morris' Sister

Morris' Sister

It seems to me that this whole thing could have gone another way if only Morris had clued his sister into the whole ordeal. While he never factored his sister getting invited over to Catherine's house before he showed up for the official proposal, he really should have made up a story with her ahead of time...so that she could have had him seen as a responsible and generous man instead of a self-obsessed, greedy one.

If his sister would have only said, "Yes, when he had gotten his inheritance, he took us into account first and foremost...and set up a tidy little nest egg for his family...then went on to Europe and came back after he spent the rest."

I think therein lies the turning point in the whole story - his sister was just too honest and pretty much stupid not to stick up for her brother when she clearly is blown away by the magnificence of Dr. Sloper's house. I mean, if there was a shot at her getting a piece of that pot...why didn't she extol virtues upon him that he didn't have instead of just saying, "Yep...he blew it all in Europe as would all my kids have done, too -- and he didn't even bother to buy us a damned thing."

Seriously...she was the cause of it going downhill. Apparently she didn't have the brains in the family.




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He was a selfish narcissist sociopath - why should she destroy her own reputation (by lying) to help a guy who wouldn't have helped her? Keep in mind that "reputation" is about all that women without a fortune of their own, or a living husband, had, at that point in time.

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That version about what she should have done would score a bullseye if we saw any indication she lacked conscience or character.

But she seemed to have both - thus the honesty. She was Morris' sister, but didn't have his lack of decency.

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cadeaux says > ...his sister was just too honest and pretty much stupid not to stick up for her brother
I laughed pretty hard reading your post. I was sure you were joking until I got to the line above; then I wondered if maybe you were serious.

If we go with your premise, that she should have lied for him, why would she do it? If she were that type of person, I assume she'd also be the type to expect to get something out of it. She didn't strike me as that type at all. She knew Morris had come into some money but it's clear she never expected any of it. Later, after he spent it all, she gave him a place to stay never expecting anything in return.

His sister knew he wasn't the generous type and accepted him as he was. I guess she thought Catherine and her family should see him for who he was and either take him as is or not. I liked that she was honest. She didn't throw him under the bus but she didn't try to make things up either.

That said, I think there's another reason for her middle-of-the-road stance. In this version, Morris could be seen either way; a cad or a misunderstood lover. Each person could draw their own conclusion; and that could change with each viewing. That's what I particularly liked about this movie. To achieve that effect, Morris' sister had to be portrayed just as she was - somewhat vague.


Woman, man! That's the way it should be Tarzan. [Tarzan and his mate]

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Dr. Sloper had an eagle eye and I doubt that any scam run by Morris or his sister would have gotten past him.

The poverty of the sister was obvious. Her clothes were shabby especially her gloves. A few lies about Morris' generosity would not have been enough to cover up what was evident.

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She also seemed like a genuinely good, kind person, unlike her brother. She would never say anything bad about Morris outright, but she wouldn't intentionally lie, either. Making excuses for a relative's behavior, be it out of love or embarrassment, is hardly comparable to being a con artist.

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Piperson says > The poverty of the sister was obvious. Her clothes were shabby especially her gloves. A few lies about Morris' generosity would not have been enough to cover up what was evident.
You're right but that, in itself, would not indicate that Morris had not helped her. We know that she had a few kids so whatever he might have given her would likely have gone towards the care of the children; not necessarily on fine clothing and accessories for her.


Dr. Sloper had an eagle eye and I doubt that any scam run by Morris or his sister would have gotten past him.
Dr. Sloper focused in on Morris's gloves and saw how expensive they were. He drew some conclusions about Morris based on his taste for the finer things in life. It is entirely possible the gloves had been given to Morris as a gift and he cherished them. As I've mentioned many times before, the movie and all the details can be convincingly interpreted in more than one way.


Woman, man! That's the way it should be Tarzan. [Tarzan and his mate]

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I think that she was looking out for Catherine. She met her and liked her. And she realized that she wasn't as beautiful or outgoing as Morris' past love interests. It may of dawned on her that Morris was only interested in her money. But she wasn't sure. So she just told the truth and let them make their own decision.

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Right, we need LESS honesty in the world. Stupid, honest, unselfish woman!
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