Evelyn's life is ideal - she has a good husband, a darling child, a sweet comfortable new home, and lots of friends. She herself is so sweet.
Maxwell's life is entirely without affection. Everybody likes him but nobody wants him because he is such a torment. He absolutely worships little Bill - probably because little Bill is the only person who really loves and trusts him and worships him.
Bessie's letter makes me feel that I am loved even if it isn't by John. She really wants me for a sister.