The first girl that Jeanette finds attractive, Melanie is a weak character that succumbs easily to external pressure, quickly converting to the church and swiftly denying all love she ever had for Jeanette, despite their times together. Her marriage later on and her refusal to acknowledge her lesbian desires show how some people never follow their desires because of their lack of will.
‘What is it about intimacy that makes it so very disturbing?’
‘Yes, I love both of them’
‘It’s not a word people use very often, which confuses me, because there are different kinds of infidelity, but betrayal is betrayal wherever you find it. By betrayal, I mean promising to be on your side, then being on somebody else’s’