Christina I agree with what your saying regarding Stepanida and envy. But I cannot help but think that Stepanida wants to be envied by the other people in town, particularly men, for being wealthy because by other being envious of her she feels power over them. I think she has control/power issues and she is simply using Eugene to facilitate this. And at the time who wouldn’t want to live an easy comfortable life, especially as a women. Like I mentioned earlier women were treated as objects and served men 3 purposes to have sex, cook/clean, and bear children. I think there relationship will be extremely short lived because they do not share any commonalities. they are getting married for all the wrong reasons.