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|GR: James & Isabella's motives
Written by Cherie
(3/31/2003 3:35 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: James and Isabella, penned by Cheryl
I got the impression that James came to Bath with John expressly to "run into" Isabella. When the four young people arrive at the Allens', Catherine & her brother have this exchange: (Ch. 7)
"...I never was so happy before [says Catherine]; and now you are come it will be more delightful than ever; how good it is of you to come so far on purpose to see ME."
I read that to mean he didn't want to admit that she was not, in fact, the reason he came.
] I think more happened between James and Isabella during that week's holiday at Christmastime than we know.
] 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.)
I wondered right at the start if her immediate interest in Catherine stemmed from her wanting to get close to James' sister. It seemed a bit odd for her to be so avid for Catherine's company so quickly. As for setting her cap for James, she could like him for himself, but I guess I find her a bit over-eager and therefore I don't entirely trust her motives.
I'm enjoying this GR very much - it's my first here at Pemberley, and my first reading of NA as well!
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