Miss Mebbin was a paid companion. She was very materialistic. She didn't want to do more than she was paid for. In fact she also instigated Mrs. Packletide not to pay for the goat if the tiger did not eat it. She was not at all devoted to Mrs. Packletide. She is a miser and tries to save every single penny. She plays it safe while investing her hard earned money; as shown by the fact that she bought a cottage.
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