Don’t think for a minute that Mary’s are simply spoonfuls of sugar. There’s equal amounts of vinegar and barely-water sloshing right under the surface. And this is just the tip of a Mary’s contradictions: loving-but-firm., smart-but-silly, sober-but-carefree.
So this is a clue to filling in the rest of a Mary’s personality. It’s all about balance and fair play. In her world, no one is too evil for redemption or too blameless for a tongue-lashing. Marys come from a place of success, which is usually measured in terms of emotional achievement. They’ve known forever that money buys neither love nor happiness.