Is she not gallant, full-bosomed; does she not dance in the waves, like you at our wedding? ” (1). Clearly, the wife is too focused on being the center Of attention, and not wanting to share the spotlight with even a figurehead of herself that she cannot see that her husband loves her. This demonstrates that the skipper’s wife is overrun with feelings, compelling her to take the eyes off of the figurehead. Later in the fable, she becomes so envious of the figurehead that she steals the beautiful blue “eyes” from it, Now she has your blue eyes too. You had better give me the stones for a pair of earrings,’ she said. ‘No,’ he said again, ‘I cannot do that, and you would not ask me to if you understood. Still the wife could not stop fretting about the blue stones, and one day, when her husband was with the skippers’ corporation, she had a glazier of the town take them out, and put two bits of blue glass into the figure-head instead, and the skipper did not find out, but sailed off to Portugal. (1).
This passage illustrates that the skipper’s wife is so desperate for all of his attention that she goes to the extreme of stealing the gems so she can wear them as earrings. This act shows that she is so stricken with greed that she hired a glazier to install the lee glass to the figurehead and take down the pure blue gems just to have them for herself wear as earrings. One of the last main events that happened in the tale, is the point where she starts loosing her vision, ‘Oh God,’ the wife then cried, that the ship was back in the harbor of Elisions.
Then I should have the glass taken out, and the jewels put back. For did he not say that they were my eyes? ‘ But the ship did not come back. Instead, the skipper’s wife had a letter from the Consul of Portugal, who informed her that she had been wrecked, and gone to the bottom with all hands. And it was a ere strange thing the Consul wrote, that in broad daylight she had run straight into a tall rock, rising out of the sea. (1).
This shows that because she took the gems off the figurehead, the skipper/figurehead could not see where he was going so he crashed into a large rock sticking straight out of the water. This is important because the rock represents her jealousy and the blue gems represent their pure love, so when she took the stones, it was almost destined for the jealousy to destroy their relationship. In conclusion, the wife of the story looses her vision, to demonstrate how jealousy blinds you from the obvious.