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Written by keith Logan
(1/31/2013 7:06 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Catherine vs her brother, James, penned by BarbaraB
I think Catherine and James were both similarly naive. Catherine was impressed by the seeming wisdom of Isabella and was unable to counter even simple postulations, such as when Isabella had them chase after a couple of young men in order to ignore them.
Then we have the meeting with James and John in their gig, she fails to see James "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 peoples feelings, and less simply engrossed by her own, that her brother thought her friend quite as pretty as she could do herself."
It would therefor fall upon the differing circle of society to possibly influence their development. Catherine started with the solid Mr Allen, then she met Henry and Importantly Eleanor who demonstrated "Her manners showed good sense and good breeding; they were neither shy nor affectedly open; and she seemed capable of being young, attractive, and at a ball without wanting to fix the attention of every man near her, and without exaggerated feelings of ecstatic delight or inconceivable vexation on every little trifling occurrence." She thus furnished a natural mirror against whom to compare her former roll model.
We read nothing positive about James' influences away from home.
My two pence worth, whatever it's worth..
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