After four years of searching for the right husband for Lena, the son of a tailor, Herman Kreder, a german-american was choosen. Mrs. Hoydon told Lena that she would marry Herman Kreder, she did not ask ask Lena whether or not she wanted to get married; in fact Mrs. Hoydon rarely asked Lena anything, she always told Lena.
When Mrs. Hoyden at last asked Lena about her thoughts about Herman, it is done with anger, disdain and ridicule:
Why don’t you answer with some sense, Lena, when I ask you if you don’t like Herman Kreder. You stand there so stupid and don’t answer like you ain’t heard a word what I been saying to you…Lena, when you stand there so stupid and don’t make no answer. (Stein 149)
When finally you hear Lena speak about her upcoming marriage, she does not express what she wants she just acquieses to her Aunt’s demand:
Why, I do anything you say, Aunt Mathilda…I didn’t hear you say you wanted I should say anything to you. I didn’t know you wanted me to say nothing. I do whatever you tell me it’s right for me to do. I marry Herman Kreder, if you