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Date Posted: Sunday, March 27, 12:25:10pm
Author: Nell
Subject: Re: That's good...(r)
In reply to: Swatkat 's message, "That's good...(r)" on Wednesday, March 23, 09:34:07am

but are you sure you have nothing in common with the characters you just get? I'm suddenly realising that I do (although I need to think more to be able to articulate), and I don't want to be the only one, dammit! *g*

Oh yes, I do have a great deal in common with them, or at least, I believe I do. That sense of identification is part of why I feel I 'get' them on a fairly wordless level. Sorry - didn't mean to imply anything else. I'm a nice, responsible eldest child who dutifully did all that was expected, all the while longing to be a green-haired rebel but was too timid, too lazy, and too practical to seriously consider such a leap (and no, I'm not sure which - timidity, laziness or practicallity trumps - diffrerent times in my life, different qualities I'd guess).

Hmm - so you don't necessarily *get* your OTCs the way you get the other set of characters?

Yes - exactly. In fact, part of what I love about them is their ability to surprise me *because* I wouldn't respond to the situation in the same way. It's a kind of discovery, and it can be quite joyful for me.

Just curious, how do you fit Elizabeth and Anne in the 'new world' situation? Could you explain a bit more? *hopeful smile*

I see them as characters, who due to family situations utterly beyond their control, are outsiders - and very nearly doomed to the posisiton of permanent outsider in the society to which they have been raised to enter as wives of comfortably well off men, ie gentel, impoverished, spinsterhood. Each in her own way is desperate for a home of her own, the only way she can get it is by marriage - but unlike say Elizabeth's friend Charlotte who marries the hidious Mr. Bennett - they can't quite bring themselves to play by the cruelest rules....so, each in her own way, is struggling to enter the 'new world' of wifehood without playing, entirely, by the rules they have been given - yet without rendering themselves beyond the social pale. It is their difficult journey to navigate their terrian and achieve their goal, from a position of weakness but without accepting the basest compromises, that intriques and holds me.

Does that help?

Like I said, my adoration of Jean Luc Picard - definitely my OTC in ST:NG - suggests that my framework is flexible. ;-)


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