I do like Olive. I think the harshness, directness, and honesty that might rub many the wrong way is something I actually appreciate. In some of those ways, I think I’m like her. I pictured her as my Aunt Evie, and I imagine that’s because I think they are a little alike. I wonder if anyone thinks I’m like Aunt Evie. I can’t say I actually knew her all that well.
I have a little trouble believing Olive’s response to Christopher when things fall apart during her visit in NY. I’m not sure I believe she would deny her own shortcomings the way she does, that they would make her so irrational and fearful and embarrassed. But, then, I know people don’t always make sense. We can be strangely inconsistent.
One of the things I liked best about Olive was her response to Suzanne, Christopher’s first wife. At the wedding, after Suzanne ridicules Olive behind her back, Olive steals one shoe, a bra, and marks a sweater with ink. This is mean and juvenile and absolutely hilarious! She knows it’s beneath her, and she doesn’t care. Oh, yeah, I can relate! I’m not sure I’d have the nerve to do it, but I know I’ve wanted to. It’s mostly harmless, and, let’s be honest, Suzanne deserves it after her cruel comments.
I can completely believe Olive’s transformation, but I think it’s a little slow in coming. I would expect her to appreciate the loyalty of Henry sooner than she does, for instance. I think some of the insights she gains come earlier in real life, but, again, people are all different. Some, I suppose, never gain these insights at all. So, yes, I think it’s believable.
What do you think?