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|I'm always torn when it comes to James...
Written by Kelley B
(4/10/2006 11:47 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What do you think of James, so far?, penned by Maisy
...but so far, he's not winning any points in my book. His treatment of Catherine is painful to witness because you know he's being duped and is hurting his sister in the process. It's interesting to compare him to the other brothers though. I've always felt the brother/sister relationships in this story are just as strong as the other themes.
First we have John and Isabella - Both appear to be very self-centered and don't have much of a relationship with each other unless it serves their needs. Isabella needs John to take Catherine places so she can be with James. John needs Isabella to stay friends with Catherine so she can put in a good word for him. Other than that, you see very little affectionate interaction between the two.
Then there's Catherine and James - Catherine is a kind person, very caring and always trying to do what's right for others. James I think has the potential to be good but, like his sister, is a bit naive and therefore easily persuaded. Interestingly, he's the weaker of the siblings when it comes to character. Though he's older, you can see he could already learn a thing or two from his younger sister. But there is still a sense of family and you can tell her regards Catherine way more than John regards Isabella.
Finally you have Henry and Eleanor - this pair is practically oozing with perfection. Henry obviously takes care to look out for Eleanor and the two are very close. She on the other hand can keep up with his teasing and looks out for him as well. They are what John and Isabella will never be and what Catherine and James have the potential to become. We see sincerity between Henry and Eleanor and a pair of siblings who obviously communicate and are honest.
I think this is where I really start to admire Catherine and her obvious development. Here is her brother, begging her to come on this trip, asking her to go against what she knows is right just to make him happy, yet Catherine won't budge. This had to have been hard for her. This is her brother, someone she obviously looks up to. But she's clever enough to know that even though she feels a loyalty towards James, she has to do what is right by keeping her engagement. I don't have a lot of respect for James right now, but my respect for Catherine continues to grow.
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