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Written by Katy B
(5/2/2006 10:43 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What do you think about James now?, penned by Maisy
with what you have said in your post, Maisy. I do think he was "raw" from his breakup with Isabella, but he does seem to continue deceived by her brother. This is disappointing - JT seems to be such a good friend to James that he is blinded to Thorpe's true character. I don't understand this because JT is so blatantly unpleasant, rude, and shallow!! Perhaps James needs to hang onto this friendship so that he doesn't feel like he's been COMPLETELY duped - as deceived as he is by Isabella, maybe he wishes, and convinces himself, that John too will feel his sister's deception and provide him (James) with some comfort? I don't know if I'm expressing this well...James may feel the need to have John Thorpe to commiserate with.
As for apologizing to Catherine for trying to encourage her to go on the outing when she believed she was doing something wrong, I don't think he felt the need to apologize, because I am not sure he ever even recognized that he had done something wrong. He didn't think of her feelings there because he was so caught up in the Thorpes' scheme. I don't think he was a "bad brother" really - he was just immature. That's why I agree with you that he still has a lot to learn about human nature. I think Catherine learned a lot more from her experience with the Thorpes than James did. But perhaps, he needs time to heal from his broken engagement and only then can he examine the "friendship" between himself and Thorpe.
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