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Written by Cheryl
(3/30/2003 5:40 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Well...she's a scoundrel, penned by Rebecca Nix
] Because she an Mr. Morland are merely acquaintances from a visit prior an only two days in Bath at the time of the dances in Chapter VIII, I can't find any decent reason for her to so utterly abandon Catherine unless she's ingratiating herself to Mr. Morland in the attempt to form an attachment.
Well, I agree that her abandonment of Catherine is badly done (more on this is another post) and I do agree that that she is doing everything in her power to attach Mr Morland, but she doesn't have to work too hard, does she? ;-)
When they first meet in Bath he is very eager to renew the acquaintance.
"...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 more happened between James and Isabella during that week's holiday at Christmastime than we know.
] She's poor compared to others in this circle. Mr. Morland is not. She's silly and materialistic...and all of her methods are mercenary.
I agree to all this, except the last bit - I don't see anything mercenary in her methods - yet. She is doing her best to attach him, but I don't think we can ascribe a motive as to why yet. She may actually like him for himself. (again, from what we can discern from these 8 chapters.)
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