What is ironic about Myrtle’s description of her husband, “I married him because I thought he was a gentleman,” she said finally. “I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn’t fit to lick my shoe?”
In reality, Myrtle pursued her husband, George, for many years before she finally convinced him to marry her. She’d had plenty of time to learn about his personality.
Before she married George, Myrtle knew nothing about wealth or consumerism. It was only through her marriage to George that she’d developed her expensive tastes.
Years earlier she’d had the opportunity to marry Tom, but had chosen George instead.
She accuses George of not being a gentleman and not knowing anything about breeding, or proper behavior, yet she is cheating on him, demonstrating clearly improper behavior.
George and Myrtle had been married for many years and she’d bragged to her friends that he was a man of great potential.