Evelyn and her mother had a hard time keeping up with Thaw’s exhausting pace. Fairly soon, Evelyn’s mother wanted to go home, and Evelyn and Thaw continued on together.
Shortly after, Thaw demanded Evelyn marry him. Evelyn, not really wanting to be forced into marriage by a man she was alone on holiday with, and realizing that Thaw was obsessed with female purity, mentioned that she had an affair with Stanford, so it would be impossible. This turned into a much, much bigger deal than Evelyn probably expected it to be.
Thaw proceeded to devise a travel schedule built around sites of Virgin Martyrdom, and, at one honoring Joan of Arc left a note in the guestbook saying “she would not have been a Virgin had Stanford White been around.”
When they arrived in Germany, they rented a castle. One night, Evelyn awoke to find a “bug eyed” Harry naked, and standing over her, clutching a riding crop. He began lashing her legs and then, as she bled, tore off her nightgown and raped her, all the time shouting about Stanford White. He kept her locked in her room for two weeks, beating her intermittently.
Afterwards, he cheerfully told her that he’d forgiven her, and all his scorn was now reserved for Stanford White who he called “the beast.”
Evelyn returned home and was furious at Stanford for not revealing the depths of Harry’s bad character.
And then she decided to marry Harry.
PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME THE LOGIC BEHIND THIS FOR I DO NOT KNOW.