sympathy for Miss Bartlett...
Posted by Kate on February 16, 1998 at 00:31:30:
In response to A Woman's Education, written by Kay on February 15, 1998 at 21:24:39
] I can't think of any character in recent reading that I've liked less than Miss Bartlett. But I think that Lucy begins to sort out her feelings, beliefs and emotions because of her experiences in Italy.
Well, I think Mr Collins would top her in the obnoxious cousin stakes any day. And Lady Catherine would beat her in the officious interfering stakes as well...
I actually have some sympathy for Charlotte. She is a failure in the only thing that counts in her society (finding a husband) and she is trying to do her best by Lucy according to the rules she knows (or thinks she knows - she has some trouble fitting the Emersons into the rules). She is not malicious in her dealings - just misguided, and occasionally downright silly. But her motives are good - unlike other fictional characters I could name
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