Ans:Mrs. Thurlow's impassivity, her apparently thoughtless resignation and her silent and selfless fortitude are the complex ways her character differs from an ox. She merely uses that instinctive and blank mind as a defense mechanism in situations of acute adversity where her husband is of no help and her children, for whom she does everything, do not care for her.
Her relentless hard word made her mechanical. was the old news papers which she read in the evening. She was thick headed and unimaginative.
Ans. The apples of Mrs. Thurlow's eyes are her two sons. She works as hard as she can trekking up and down the hill between her home and the village to save money for her sons' future education.
Ans. When Mrs. Thurlow's sons turn their back on her and she has no need to keep working like an ox to keep providing for them, she still continues to carry on as before because she knows of nothing else. Like Alice in The Mill, Mrs. Thurlow seems to have no concept of what is going on around her, yet her story is still strangely moving.