How about this
Posted by Constanza on February 28, 1998 at 18:43:33:
In response to General agreement and one nitpick, written by Kay on February 27, 1998 at 20:32:35
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.
Mmmm... Maybe "beliefs" is not the word...
The problem is I can see there are 2 categories, which people fall into which one, but I cannot exactly pigeonhole what is the "key". Let's say that in the category you mention I sense that there is not an agreement between the inner self and the outer self. Perhaps it has to do with self-knowledge, and not "beliefs". I guess I'll have to work on my "theory" a little more. :-)
I wish I could right so well on a bad day. (And this has been one for me.)
But you do!:-)
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).
Yes, anger is a good explanation for lots of her attitudes. Good point!
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