With all her kids now long gone, Olivia devotes her power to getting revenge on her husband. Her housekeeper and good friend Nella (T’Shan Williams) has her personal explanations for hating Malcolm. (He raped her, and she gave birth to his baby, whom he hardly ever acknowledged.) But when Nella realizes Olivia programs to sabotage his motor vehicle, she asks her to rethink. If there’s an accident, the innocent driver will be blamed and most likely lynched. She also urges Olivia not to let her demons get the ideal of her.
Inspite of Nella’s assistance, Olivia continues to plot versus Malcolm. A single morning, as Olivia sits downstairs looking through a assortment of Edgar Allen Poe tales, her partner falls from the next-floor landing. Olivia’s emotionless reaction to Malcolm’s plunge makes it distinct she engineered the accident, however we never basically see her sabotage the railing.
Amazingly, Malcolm survives his fall. But he’s remaining paralyzed and unable to converse. Olivia will take entire advantage of her husband’s incapacity. She assumes command of his firm, cooly placing the company’s stodgy board of directors in their spot when they problem her final decision to action in as president. For Olivia, it’s a scarce instant of triumph. As a young female, she dreamed of a job. Now she lastly has a single, while it took an act of attempted murder to get there.
Just after Malcolm’s accident, Nella leaves Foxworth Corridor to pursue a occupation as a jazz singer. (At the very least somebody in this story will get a happy ending.) Olivia is still left by yourself yet again with an offended Malcolm. He’s not just one to allow paralysis stand in the way of abusing his spouse, and he manages to assault her in a vulnerable minute. A brutal and bloody battle ensues. All over again, Olivia emerges victorious. But in the aftermath, she realizes she can no extended convey to the change amongst proper and incorrect.
A guilty Olivia turns to John Amos for support
In desperation, Olivia turns to her cousin John Amos (Paul Wesley). He comes at Foxworth Corridor and swiftly insinuates himself into her daily life. She adopts his strict spiritual beliefs and inevitably arrives to see her surviving small children as wayward sinners. She even burns several of her home’s lavish furnishings in an attempt “to take away the stain of sin from Foxworth Corridor.”
Although Olivia disapproves of Corrine’s options, she proceeds to preserve tabs on her daughter, Christopher, and their four “perfect youngsters.” Inevitably, she learns that Christopher has died in an accident and Corrine is now destitute. Olivia wants to access out, and Nella, who has returned for a check out, urges her to increase the olive department. But Amos (a racist who treats Nella with contempt) convinces her to wait around till Corrine asks for help, as that will confirm she’s repented of her wicked means. That leads to a long term split with Nella. (Frankly, Nella must have lower ties substantially earlier, as Olivia has in no way been a good buddy to her.)
In the meantime, Olivia’s connection with Amos deepens. One night time in the chapel, he attempts to kiss his cousin. She angrily rejects him, accusing him of seeking to commit the exact same sin he has so loudly condemned in other people. She calls for he go away Foxworth Hall. But Amos feels he’s acquired each a position in Olivia’s dwelling and the suitable to her entire body. He sneaks into her bedroom and assaults her. She stabs him in the neck, then buries his corpse in the property. Immediately after helping Malcolm address up two murders and making an attempt to kill her husband, Olivia has at last turn into a murderer herself.