I was originally really mad at Ed, but then after some time... I got to thinking about how much it must have hurt him to finally feel like he had someone he could count on, someone he trusted, someone who he could truly consider a friend, just to find out he was wrong. And also it must have hurt his ego to find out from Babs. he must have felt so stupid & hurt and angry all at the same time. *sigh* just wanted to say I agree with you/the anon.
Oswald was his best friend. The one person he thought he could trust. I was just talking about all of this with a friend, and I’ll leave it up to them if they wanna add anything to this, but basically we were saying–Oswald should have known what losing a loved one felt like since he had already lost both of his parents. It is mortifying, and disgustingly painful and he willingly took love away from Ed, not even knowing if Isabella was bad news or not. He never saw the abuse she inflicted upon Ed, he made excuses for the fact that he killed her so he could give Ed a “shoulder to cry on.” Honestly I get annoyed when people just throw Ed under the bus here. People can shit on Isabella all they like, but they cannot deny that Oswald had no right to rip love away from Ed and betray his trust just so he could somehow have Ed’s love, right after Ed risked his life for him, promised to do anything for him, and exchanged an intimate trust.
You’re right about his ego too. It’s a big insult to have the person who betrayed you right under your nose. He was shocked because, obviously he had so much trust in Oswald, it couldn’t have been him. But it was, and I think that’s what hurt him the most. He was wrong. Basically becoming the mindset of “whats the point of friends anyway” because he’s had nothing but betrayal.
Thank you for sending this in!