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|James and Principles
Written by BarbaraB
(3/12/2009 10:16 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Bamboozled, penned by Robbin
]I think Jamesí betrayal of Catherine is the result of his affection for Isabella rather than ignoring his principles. He cannot see how his affection for her has compromised his judgment and values and caused him to do wrong by his sister.
Oh, absolutely. And I don't, so much think, that James ignores his principles as that he doesn't apply them. They are there, instilled in him, available for him to use. I could see him stumbling along the way as Catherine does as she tries to figure people out, but James is just going with the flow as far as the Thorpes are concerned because it suits his needs. His affection for his sister seems to be nothing at all anymore as long as he can get Isabella. If Isabella punched Catherine in the mouth, James would be angry at Catherine for bleeding. Well, I know I'm exaggerating but he seems determined to be completely clueless. He's not even bothering to see that an Isabella (along with her brother) who would treat his sister as she does is likely to make a partner with whom he is likely to end up being miserable with... And he's going to be a clergyman? Get a clue James! :)
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