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|Seems to me ...
Written by gianni
(4/9/2012 12:28 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Brothers and Sisters, penned by BarbaraB
...that it's a bit early to be judging James, whom we've only just met in chapter 7, with this description:
"Catherine, by whom this meeting was wholly unexpected, received her brother with the liveliest pleasure; and he, being of a very amiable disposition, and sincerely attached to her, gave every proof on his side of equal satisfaction, which he could have leisure to do, ...
and some mitigation of his conduct might be inferred from what follows immediately:
..."while the bright eyes of Miss Thorpe were incessantly challenging his notice; and to her his devoirs were speedily paid, with a mixture of joy and embarrassment which might have informed Catherine, had she been more expert in the development of other people’s feelings, and less simply engrossed by her own, that her brother thought her friend quite as pretty as she could do herself."
I think James does indeed have the same good principles as Catherine, and the same country-born inexperience, although you'd think he'd have learned after (a year, was it?) just what John Thorpe, at least, really is.
We'll have to see if he continues to be led astray by the Thorpes, and how quickly Catherine completes her budding realization of just what they are. James may perhaps be forgiven, at least for a while, his infatuation with the beautiful, manipulative Isabella.
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