"A Glimpse into the Future" has many interesting aspects; to see what Adam, Hoss and Joe might become in the future, according to Marie is surprising, especially since Joe turns out to be a ne'er-do-well gambler. It appears that Marie considers her past as tainting Joe's possible future--bad blood being passed on. This view into the future is all the more poignant because Marie does not live to see that future.
The characterization of Ben is wonderful--he is loving, humorous and sexy. I always have trouble viewing Ben in this light--I don't know why--but his attraction for Marie and his virility flowed naturally from the character. Marie is also pictured as a loving mother to all three sons, something that Ben had mentioned in an episode of Bonanza. I truly enjoyed this story.Author's Response:
Thank you, Ant. Marie must have brought out the flirt and lover in Ben. I figure Marie must have spoiled Joe because of everything she lost with Clay; how could she not make up for everything she never got to share with her first born? I'm so pleased to know you enjoyed this story.