poor St. John
Posted by Kathy F. on October 08, 1997 at 08:49:42:
In response to St John-passionate nature perverted?, written by Marsha on October 07, 1997 at 23:03:00
] St John is ambitious and he was pining away, so he found something to be passionate about. He had to feel that his life wasn't worthless, that it was dedicated to something noble. He seems to be a passionate nature perverted. Unlike Jane who is passionate about humans, he is passionate about dogma. If the events took another turn, I could see him as a cause-driven politician, a revolutionary, or even a totally mad lover. He seems to throw all of himself into what he is doing. Am I the only one who likes him a little?. I do feel sorry for his feelings for Rosamond.
] But the proposal is horrible!
The more I know him, the less I like him. I feel sorry for him, because his opinion of the Bible and Christianity is similar to mine, but he takes it to an extreme that I don't think was ever supposed to have existed. He "preaches the truth" but not "in love." And he doesn't even see his faults. He truly thinks that he is infallible, even while professing himself "with St. Paul, the chief of sinners." It's like he never stops and looks at things from anyone else's perspective--just his own warped view. He is not that much different from Jane's cousin (Elizabeth?) who became a nun. They both found their life in their religion, and both were content and thought that they were doing the right thing (and, who knows? maybe they were), but they were not doing it for the right reasons.
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