Some might say that Barbara Allen died of a broken heart. Contrary to what her family thinks, she could not have died from a broken heart. Was it not her that pushed poor William to his final destination? A man who loved everything about her. Willing to sacrifice everything he had to be with her. All she did was throw him away like he was a thorn in her side. William was offering the world to Barbara Allen, but it was never enough. At least not for a women who thought she was better than him. A woman who had suitors galore, but could find happiness in being cruel and cold-hearted.
A young and bitter woman that expected the world to be handed to her. Beautiful on the outside, cold as stone on the inside. When she did not get what she was looking for, she turned resentful and uncaring. Rejecting every possible thought of happiness. Barbara would go to the local stores and pubs hoping to find the one that would steal her heart, or at least give her what she wanted. One night a man with his friends was at the pub, and he spotted Barbara. He was instantly smitten with her. Unable to get her out of his mind and the failed attempts to make her happy, he grew gravely ill.
One day, the man's servant came to Barbara. A man who loved her from afar for many ages, William, a hardworking, kind and loving man. Barbara knew she did not care about William, but went to see him as his dying wish. Her actions said it all. She did not go quickly to him. Instead, she took her time getting up, getting herself together and then slowly went to visit her suitor. Barbara knew the outcome already of how this was going to happen. She would go see him, like every other suitor that longed for her. She would give false hope in the returned love they all were trying to receive. In the end, she would let them know that she had no feelings for them, and they did not stand a chance with being with her. What did she care? There were always men following her around. Offering to buy her gifts and marry her. She would let him down, just like the rest.
When she got there, she was taken to a love stricken man. William was on his deathbed, and the only remedy that could save him was Barbara's love for him. As he lay there and announces how he adores her, Barbara stands there with a cold stare. How could she love a common worker? Someone who could only barely provide for her. Seeing him laying there dying, she tells him how sick and near death he seems. So ashamed of her lack of concern, care and love for him, he turns away unable to look at the woman he has pronounced his love for. She turns and leaves with plans never to return to this man who is dying for her love.
Days later, Barbara hears bells ring in the church tower signifying the man who once loved her has died. She felt an emotion she was not used to. She felt sad, and as if someone had ripped her heart out. Maybe because of remorse, or maybe because all of her other suitors stopped coming by to see Barbara. Suitors that saw what happened to poor William, and that did not want to hold the same fate for a woman that could not love another. ( I say it is for remorse and the realization she had just sent a man to his deathbed.) For whatever reason it was, she felt as if it was her time to die.
She has her family set her bed, so she could take her last breath there in the room with shame in her eyes. Barbara tells her family she wants to be buried next to her true love William. That she had realized too late that he was the one to spend an eternity with. Since she could no longer do that in life, then she would lie next to him in death.
One is to wonder once she was buried next to him if her soul was happy. If nothing else we know what type of soul she really had, even after death. For where William was buried grew beautiful red roses. Signifying his purity in the love he had for Barbara. While on Barbara's grave grew brier. A prickly plant that no one would touch in fear of getting poked and the pain sure to follow. As each plant grew on their respective graves and as the two became larger, they became intertwined.
Maybe this shows that after death, Barbara learned to love and respect William. Maybe it shows she was still rude and dismissive to William. No matter what she did, William continued to love her. Whatever the case may be; it shows that Barbara never changed. Barbara still and will forever in life be cruel and uncaring. Always to be a prickly plant that is untouchable.
Barbara's family is still convinced in her dying days she loved William unconditionally. Nothing else mattered to her except to be with William. In death, she is forever intertwined with him, in life she only cared for the one she looked at in the mirror.