Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Isabel Archer

I am only 100 pages into The Portrait of a Lady, and already I LOVE Isabel Archer. I want to be her. Here's why:

  • She's confident and sensitive: "The young lady seemed to have a great deal of confidence, both in herself and in others; but this abrupt generosity made her blush."
  • She speaks her mind: " 'Ah,' said Isabel slowly, 'You must be our crazy Aunt Lydia!' "

  • She has an active imagination: "Her imagination was by habit ridiculously active; when the door was not open it jumped out of the window."

  • She has great energy for and deep thoughtfulness about life: "...she had an immense curiosity about life and was constantly staring and wondering. She carried within herself a great fund of life, and her deepest enjoyment was to feel the continuity between the movements of her own soul and the agitations of the world."

  • She has a clever sense of humor: " ' He thinks I'm a barbarian,' she said, 'and that I've never seen forks and spoons;' and she used to ask him artless questions for the pleasure of hearing him answer seriously. Then when he had fallen into the trap, 'It's a pity you can't see me in my war-paint and feathers,' she remarked; 'if I had known how kind you are to the poor savages I would have brought over my native costume!'

  • "She's an independent thinker: " 'I shall always tell you,' her aunt answered, 'whenever I see you taking what seems to me too much liberty.' 'Pray do; but I don't say I shall always think your remonstrance just.' 'Very likely not. You're too fond of your own ways.' 'Yes, I think I'm very fond of them. But I always want to know the things one shouldn't do.' 'So as to do them?' asked her aunt. 'So as to choose,' said Isabel."

Who's your favorite character in literature? Why?


Anonymous said...

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E. Peevie said...

Dear Anonymous,

Please be my new best friend.

E. Peevie