The mother passively accepts all the landlady's criticisms and doesn't stand up for herself. This can be proven with a quote from the text: 'You just keep the house clean, dear. Sweep the floors, wash the walls. You're living in a town now, not on the farm... Mother nodded Mrs. Murray out the door, twisting her hands and mumbling'
This character is easily hurt by other people and considers some things very personal; she also takes prejudice close to heart. A case in point can be found in the text when the mother gets judged for the way she cleans her house and later on she appeals with a sense of sentiment : ' As soon as the woman left, Mom burst into noisy tears and spent the rest of the morning scrubbing the floors'
Throughout the most part of the story, the mother stays persistent on her position and shows that she is highly determined to move out of the house. She shows this when 'she began to hate the house' and suggests the idea to hire an exterminator 'frequently'. Her determination can also be illustrated through her actions: 'There were arguments every night with Mom shouting, crying, pleading.'
At one point of the conflict, when the mother realizes that pleading father to fumigate the house is ineffective and meaningless, she decides to find proof of bugs in the house on her own. She stays up all night trying to find the bugs and ends up falling 'asleep in the kitchen instead of in her bed'
Toward the end, the mother loses the outlook of a patient woman and shows herself in a very different way. She unpredictably becomes irritated as soon as she wakes up and shouts, "Be quite both of you," shocking her daughter with a 'rough grip.' Later on, it leads the daughter to observe her as a 'violent and unreliable' person.
"That's your proof. Your proof. You understand? Now get that woman and show her your precious bugs and get her to clean my house," the Mom exclaims abruptly. She releases all her thoughts aloud regarding all the ignorance toward her complaints and pleading. The mother also intrudes with her dissatisfaction and shouting without trying to explain anything in advance and therefore shows a quick-tempered characteristic. Eventually, she disengages from her tolerance and shows her strongly marked, individual temperament.