Men in the novel have a strong role when it comes to the final say, but women are dominate. Jack is very kind, comforting and caring towards Frado and his father shows some respect as well towards her. However, Mary and her mother are the bullies to Frado, the women are the angry and hateful ones to the poor young girl. Women seem to have a more dominant role because they’re the ones taken up in the house all day able to see what happens and act on it. The men seem to have a more caring and comforting role in the novel versus the men.