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Written by Robbin
(3/6/2009 12:14 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Yes!, penned by Ivonne
Isabella’s situation and her appearance have the outer trappings of a heroine but does she have any of the inner qualities of a heroine? Isabella does not seem sincere to me. Her extravagant happiness in her acquaintance with Catherine (Ch. 4) seems manufactured to me and is actually belied in her scolding her for being late in Ch. 6. Another concern is that Isabella’s principals do not seem to be what they ought to be. In post 37324 Adrian describes the novel Sir Charles Grandison as the story of a man who always does what is proper but Isabella dismisses it as “an amazing horrid book” and unreadable on her friend’s advice. Doing what is right is unexciting I suppose. Isabella lacks loyalty. She describes Miss Andrews as “one of the sweetest creatures in the word” and “as beautiful as an angle” only to turn around a few moments later and say she wants animation and “I must confess there is something amazingly insipid about her. Isabella is a determined flirt to say the least and has no qualms putting herself in the way of unknown men. In Ch. 7 she makes eyes at James and at the same time turns around three times to eye the young men she was chasing after when she and Catherine left the Pump Room. So far Isabella seems to have a very pretty exterior with a not so pleasant interior. Right now, to me, the choice between Isabella and Catherine as heroine is that of glamour or substance—Catherine being substance.
Thanks for reading. (;D)
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