Yeah, but the way I look at it... when they wrote the line about trading with England... were they thinking, "this adds tragedy to the earlier storyline" or did they just forget about that plot? It really feels like the latter to me.
The whole thing is silly, I mean she managed to walk all the way from Seattle. That is no small feat, sure it's not exactly braving the Oregon Trail since you can walk along the Interstate system. Then she just decides to walk all the way to freaking Wisconsin and kill herself? I thought it was pretty dumb at the time, and the "trading with England" stuff just made it worse IMO.