Spies - the Character of Mrs Hayward
1) On the outside, Mrs Hayward is calm and self-controlled.
Mrs Hayward appears to be a lady of leisure who has a perfect, ordered life. She is typical of her social class and era. Everything about her and her house is perfect - even the chickens lead elegant lifes in a 'spacious kingdom'. She is described as a paragon of 'grace and serenity'. She always appears calm and cheerful. She does little all day - Stephen says she rests in her room or on the sofa with a book.
2) She is brave and resolute.
However, we learn that, whilst she might appear to lead a calm, ordered and respectable life, she lives under the tyranny of Mr Hayward's rule. She must, in fact, be miserable and afraid but…