Role and Character Analysis of Miss Constance Neville In She Stoops to Conquer
Miss Constance Neville
Constance Neville, an orphan, is the niece and ward of Mrs Hardcastle (who holds Miss Neville’s inheritance of jewels in her possession until she becomes
legally qualified to take possession of it)
and the cousin of Kate. Comely young lady who loves Hastings but is bedevilled by Mrs Hardcastle’s schemes to match her with Tony. Her aunt, Mrs Hardcastle, wishes her to marry Tony Lumpkin, but Constance wants to marry Hastings.
Neville schemes with Hastings and Tony to get the jewels so she can then flee to France with her admirer, Miss Neville is projected as a focused and determined lady; she follows her heart and also insists on her legal inheritance without bowing to her aunt’s wish to marry her cousin, Tony. Through Miss Neville, we are taught the value of liberty and compromises. Sometimes we may mean well for our wards in our intentions, when they come in conflict with their own desire we must not insist. Material greed in Mrs Hardcastle is signposted for scheming to match-make Tony and Neville because she is heir to a large fortune of jewels.