If anything, I feel pity for both the MC and the scheming cousin in that he himself is not a sincere or committed man to either of them, he prescribes to the notion that these women must shape themselves into this ideal and once that mould cracks even a little, he becomes disillusioned and dismisses them without thinking further into it or questioning the reasons behind their change, because to him, these women are just dolls in a play to act out a performance of this 'perfect woman' for him
The ending itself was pretty predictable, and realistically speaking, its not surprising that the MC chose to stay in her marriage out of practicality as well as societal judgement, I would have preferred if her feelings were slightly more ambiguous towards the ML, like it would have been more empowering if even though she did choose to resign herself to this marriage, she never truly fell in love with him due to distrust or trauma from her previous life or even just due to her resignation about her role as a woman during those times. Also, I feel pretty pissed that the ML got his happy ending in both the past and present lives. F*cking b%stard
The ML, after returning from a trip comes to a misunderstanding about the ancestral heirloom that the MC picks up on accident, after rejecting the confession of the 2nd ML, and later makes the MC serve him and this female performer that she already had insecurities about. Later on, the MC is framed by the princess to make her look like she was cheating on the ML with some business associate of hers. Without trusting or even listening to her, he pushes her aside and gets excessively drunk, later on becoming intimate and getting caught in bed with the MC's bitch half sister.