General agreement and one nitpick
Posted by Kay on February 27, 1998 at 20:32:35:
In response to Charlotte's decision, written by Constanza on February 26, 1998 at 16:42:14
] I think all characters in this book fall into 2 categories: those that are true to their belief (whether right or wrong, new or old) and those that aren't.
] Among the second: Cecil, Mr. Eager, Charlotte, Mrs. Vyse, Miss Lavish (ok, she pretends to be a modern woman, she even smokes, but she is all shell and no substance).
I can't see that these people weren't true to their beliefs. They were inflexible and had rigid opinions of right and wrong. Charlotte's old beliefs weren't working anymore, and I think Cecil would eventually see that his philosophy wouldn't lead to a satisfying life either.
I love the way you stated everything else. I agree completely especially about Lucy being in the middle and thought you excellently stated Charlotte's choosing to belong to the "army of the benighted." I wish I could right so well on a bad day. (And this has been one for me.)
I would only add that I think Charlotte has a lot of internal anger and this is what separates her from the Miss Alans, Mrs. Honeychurch (and even Miss Bates, mentioned at the beginning of this discussion).
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