Roughly two-thirds of the way through the film, after Mary Bee suggests marriage to George (as a practical measure, per her custom) and gets rejected yet again, she commits suicide. Part of what makes this so startling is the mundane way it occurs—there isn’t a hint that it’s coming, and Jones doesn’t depict the suicide itself. George simply awakens the following morning to find her corpse hanging from a tree. Though he looks stricken, he never talks about it with anyone—his only company at that point is three crazy people—so it’s hard to know exactly how he feels about it. Later, however, when Spader’s hotel owner treats the other women with crass disrespect, George's furious response—setting the hotel on fire in the middle of the night, killing every man inside—seems a wee bit out of proportion to the slight, strongly suggesting that in some way it’s Mary Bee’s sad fate that he’s really avenging. The film doesn’t continue long in this vein, regrettably, but its sense of violent outrage is powerful while it lasts.
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