Question by Eclipse: Why does Scratchy Wilson seem disappointed after he heard that Jack Potter has got married?
Why does Scratchy Wilson from The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky seem disappointed after he heard that Jack Potter has got married? and why does Jack Potter don't want to inform his marriage trough the society in yellow sky?
Answer by Roger
1. Potter is no longer just in the world of law and order, which Wilson engages with by defying it; he is now of the social world of domestic relations, which is so completely foreign to WIlson that he cannot engage with it at all. Wilson's sense of boundaries and his own world is so strong that he can't imagine how to transgress in this new world. It is completely outside his experience.
The result is comical. One would think an outlaw without any sense of propriety at all, but Potter is not really a malicious man or a disregarding one: he is child-like. Although, he gets drunk, that does not destroy his innocence.
2. Potter is afraid that his status and reputation as a tough guy in town will be imperilled by being married. He has succumbed to feminine charm. Moreover, he is unsure of himself in his new role: he doesn't quite know how to act, as his uncertainties on the train show. (His wife is also somewhat uneasy.)
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