- 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?