in American Senator

Chapter 43 – Persecution

Mary as an idiot

Mrs. Masters calls Mary an “ungrateful idiot” for declining Larry Twentyman’s offer of marriage.  “Idiot” here conveys both its English meaning of “fool” and its Greek meaning of “concerned with one’s own affairs.”  Mary does not wish to marry Larry because she does not love him, and Mrs. Masters finds it foolish of Mary to put such personal considerations above the practical advantages of the marriage.  [RR 2012]