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|James is an interesting contrast to Catherine
Written by Kelley B
(4/10/2006 3:27 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Relationship between Catherine and James, penned by Nicki
It's interesting that these two sibilings were raised by the same caring parents but turned out so different. James is the oldest yet Catherine seems to know better. James comes across as very weak (what he finds appealing about John Thorpe I'll never understand) and also very immature. He's making mistakes that are quite common for young people to make, like trusting the wrong crowd and treating his family poorly because of it. I hate the way he treats Catherine when she declines their offer for an outing. It's the first time we see just how much he's been sucked in by these people. And that's how I see it. He started out as an okay guy but was persuaded and influenced by this very outgoing crowd.
I don't think I can completely fault him for not telling Catherine his real reasons for being there. While I don't appreciate the two of them lying to each other I think they do have the other's best interests at heart. Catherine doesn't want to hurt her brother's feelings by telling him his friend is a twit. James doesn't want to hurt his sister's feelings by telling her he didn't come to Bath to see her. She’d be crushed. Were they a little more mature and more trusting of their instincts, then they might have said what was on their mind. Plus, James is probably thinking his feelings for Isabella are genuine and wants for Catherine to like her. Although, I hate when he tells her Isabella would be a good role model for her. That again just tells me he's too ignorant to realize what kind of people he's surrounded himself with.
I think, like Catherine, James has some maturing to do. Right now he's obnoxious and mean and completely blinded to the truth. If he were Henry Tilney's age and still acting this way, then I'd write him off as a lost cause. But since he's rather young, I still feel like there's hope for James even though I don't like him one bit like this. Catherine has been fortunate enough to use her senses and to not give in to these pushy people. James, unfortunately has not. Where these choices leave them is left to further chapters.
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