Why I like Catherine's naivete
Posted by Carolyn B on December 30, 1997 at 22:29:47:
In response to She is so naive that I suffer for her!, written by Constanza on December 29, 1997 at 19:59:28
] ] from Chapter 7 - on Catherine's lack of perception (her true "flaw", I think) : "...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..."
] She seems to take people at a face value; I don't know how she manages to survive in society. She is so naive!
She is naive, but she is also used to being around her family, people who are straightforward and honest. She still expects everyone else to be honest as well. And this earnestness is what attracts Mr. Tilney's attention, I think. He knows she would never deceive him.
And I've always liked Catherine because I identify with her confusion about people saying one thing and doing something else. I'm turning 30 next year, and I still have a hard time seeing past what people are telling me they are vs. what they really are!
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