Having seen enough of this character my view is that she is a whiney, clingy wife who would not have survived in those times. She falls apart too easily, mopes and moans when Charles has to go away for a while as if her kids are not good enough company. She is the weak aspect of the family - Laura ran rings around her. Had anything happened to Charles Caroline would have pined herself away within weeks and the kids would have been left orphans. Totally useless woman who should have had 'I am nothing without my husband' tattooed across her forehead.