Most of all Lucy, Willie\'s wife, wants to be a good mother and a good wife. She supports Willie\'s political ambitions but appears uncomfortable in the role of governor\'s wife. When she can no longer tolerate seeing what politics has done to Willie and what football stardom has done to their son, she returns to farm life, leaving Willie to his political and sexual intrigues. Yet, she doesn\'t divorce Willie. Like most other Southern women of her generation, she is devoted to the soil, to the family, and to tradition. But this in itself doesn\'t explain her loyalty to Willie.
She loved him deeply when he was only a county politician. Does she love him later or does she merely love the memory of their good times together?