Topic: "Act I, Scene III" (8)
Frodo has always believed that the old adage about someone for everyone is really something more akin to there is at least one. The Hobbit was proven prophetic when the second husband turned out to be a truly good guy. He was different, for sure, but his caustic sense of humor and his patience with the quarreling magpies made every visit a pleasure. A bit of lagniappe was added to the mixture when the decision was made that the newlyweds would relocate to the sunny climes with the result being that the sisters now lived but a few blocks from one another. Frodo often whistled "There will be peace in the valley. . ." as he contemplated the best of all worlds.
"Familiarity breeds contempt," became the mantra however, as the sisters struggled over the most trivial of issues. Eventually, the dialogue even encompassed the perception of thievery or some other twisted argument. It was the steady hand of the second husband that kept incidents of "bitch slap" from occuring. On more than one occasion he was able to separate the antagonists and to return civility to the less than happy valley. He also brought sanity to the legalities involving his new wife's finances. Applying good judgment was his contribution, and soon there was no doubt that his new wife would always have necessary resources to meet all need. Unfortunately, such was not the case a few blocks away, and resentment reached a new pinnacle.
When the mantel fell to Frodo, he arranged for professional assistance. It was forecast that 18 years would pass before resources would be expended, leaving Frodo then with a deeper problem. Subsequently, the down-sizing of her residence and the seeming miracle of the fishes and loaves added to the stash, and concern was replaced by normality, or so it seemed.
The new husband died. Now there was no buffer, and the sisters eventually clashed again, and again, as vultures began to circle. Frodo was a presence on one hand, but on the other, there were those who saw a great opportunity. That opportunity would be enhanced by the loss of their brother. It was as if the presence of the "Black Death" was the only consistency in their lives. In truth, it was a wolf in the clothing of sheep.