I can't get that gushy.
Posted by Kay on February 25, 1998 at 14:48:42:
In response to I agree, written by Kate on February 24, 1998 at 20:08:37
] Which is why I couldn't get into the trashing Charlotte earlier - I have a lot of sympathy for her. In the end, as George and Lucy discover, she does the right thing - even though it's the wrong thing.
I sympathize and better understand Charlotte Bartlett but I'm not yet ready to join with her in the solidarity of sisterhood. She has too many unresolved issues about the way she was brought up, and her past beliefs and feelings have not quite yet been reconciled with the present. Most of her change is still on the subconscious level. If we met her again in a sequel or in another book, we wouldn't know if she would still be the new Charlotte. Did she act as she did at the end of ARWAV because of instinct or because of sincere changes in belief. The former, I think.
] In some ways she reminds me of Miss Bates - forced into the awful predicament of being an unmarried woman in a world which didn't know what to do with them, and obliged to live off her relatives and friends and be eternally grateful because society didn't provide her with any way to justify her own existence. No wonder she manipulated people!
Not only manipulated people. If Lucy had stayed with her much longer, she probably would have completely silenced the music, figuratively speaking.
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