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|I feel sorry for both of them
Written by Cathy Allen
(4/24/2012 8:01 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Isabella and James, penned by Lynn
I think James is too "raw" (as someone else said) to actually see "Isabella's true colors." In his letter he's angry with her, but I think he hasn't interiorized it yet. He writes "...happy for me had we never met! I can never expect to know such another woman!" He still sees her as perfect; he loved her (an immature, idealized love, of course) and he's working at seeing her "true colors" but hasn't reached that point yet.
Isabella, a bit more worldly than poor James, was taken in by one considerably more worldly than she. I think Capt. Tilney was the real villain of this trio. I do think that she wants James back because she threw away a good thing, and recognizes it now. She writes to Catherine, "...he is the only man I ever did or could love, and I trust you will convince him of it." A sad little statement, but James deserves better.
There was an interesting thread in a previous NA Group Read about what people think of James now. I don't agree with the consensus, which seems to be NOT MUCH. I've linked the thread, below. I just feel sorry for both of them. The narrator said, "Such a strain of shallow artifice could not impose even upon Catherine." I also think that James, Isabella, and Catherine ALL grew from this experience.
|What do you think of James now?|
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