Ok, here is a problem I'm currently encountering, and it's a little bit plot, a little bit character so I thought I'd put it here. Firstly, set in the early 1900s so status/class/reputation are very important factors. I've used substitute names for my characters. Bob is in love with Penny, a rich girl whose family look down on him. He's not allowed to be with Penny, and Penny gets married to Bob's boss, so he grows depressed and inconsolable. He begins to drink heavily and at the place he goes to get drunk he meets the barmaid, Rachel. They end up sleeping together, but Bob instantly regrets it. Rachel on the other hand is convinced it's true love. However, Rachel gets pregnant and Rachel's family force Bob to marry her. Then Rachel loses the baby - Bob grows to hate her as he feels she has "trapped" him in the marriage. He gets even more drunk and grows violent towards his wife, because he still has to see Penny everyday in the place that he works. However, in spite of all this Bob and Rachel have two sons. Eventually Penny's husband (Bob's boss) dies and Penny starts to hint that she still loves Bob. This makes Bob even more tormented over what "could have been" and he becomes increasingly violent towards his wife. Rachel believes that Bob loves her, it's just the drink that does this to him. One day Rachel goes into the place that Bob works (which has now been taken over by Penny) and she sees Bob and Penny in an intimate situation. She runs home, realising that Bob has never loved her and it is just his cruel personality that is causing her misery. Bob comes home, and beats her up to keep her silent. Then Rachel hangs herself. She needs to die for the plot to move forward as: 1) Bob needs his two sons and they need to have a low opinion of their mother 2) After Rachel's death Bob needs to propose marriage to Penny and she refuses him because he is not of a high enough class. 3) Bob needs to become increasingly unpopular in the town, and his wife's suicide is linked into this. Firstly, I'm worried this will be a little over the top for Rachel. She has two sons to think about - why would she kill herself when she knows she would be leaving them to a violent father? Also, several other characters die (this is just a sub-plot) during WW1 and this death may seem a little melodramatic when I've just killed 3 important characters in the war. But she needs to die for the plot to develop and it needs to be at this point in the plot. Also I'm worried about how to approach this subject. Should I have Rachel's thought process, right up to the moment she kills herself? Or do you think it will be more shocking for Bob or one of her sons to discover her body? I would really appreciate your thoughts!