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Written by Carrie B
(4/4/2006 10:08 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, First Time Impressions of Isabella Thorpe, penned by Pennie
This is my first time reading and along with shallow, superficial is another word that came to mind regarding Isabella. Initially I though thought it was really sweet that the older more experienced Isabella sort of takes naive, inexperienced Catherine under her wing and befriends her. But rather quickly, I too started picking up on the inconsistencies between her words and her actions. That and for all the talk about their fast growing "intimacy," there doesn't seem to be a whole lot to it. Nothing of true intimacy that I can make out. As she seemed to do with her "friend" Miss Andrews, Isabella strikes me as the type who's your friend if there's no one better around, but basically drops you as soon as there is, or if you're not physically with her anymore.
Then there was the bit with James Morland. I started picking up on the little clues about "liking [Mr Tilney] the better for being a clergyman, 'for she must confess herself very partial to that profession'"; and not much later "I like sallow [complexions] better than any other." They gave me a little 'well isn't that interesting?' moment. I'm torn between thinking it's sweet that Isabella's interested in Catherine's brother and wanting to warn him that he might want to keep an eye on this one. Especially after chasing after the two young men from the Pump Room right before running into him.
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