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Date Posted: Tuesday, April 05, 09:31:52am
Author: Swatkat
Subject: Re: That's good...(r)
In reply to: Nell 's message, "Re: That's good...(r)" on Sunday, March 27, 12:25:10pm

I'm applying this to early!Michael, and coming up with interesting results. *g* On one hand he certainly possesses that sense of responsibility (taking care of his sister), but he's also very much a Romantic Idiot who takes upon himself the responsibility of changing the system, and therefore ends up failing in his primary responsibility to take care of his sister. And now I'm wondering if that's the reason why S4 Michael (who, as you know, I have a very hard time with) is so much willing to be responsible for Nikita to the point where he ignores the greater good because he's done that already and lost his sister (and then Simone, Elena, Adam) in the process? Hmm. But Canon!Michael is also a very practical man, which makes some of his actions very confusing. Is it the romantic showing up, though he believes that person is dead?

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.

I on the other hand *do* respond to certain situations in the way they do, which makes it so enjoyable for me like discovering a kindred spirit. But this is more complicated, and I need to think more.

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.

Ah, of course. That makes great sense. And I need to read Persuasion again. *g*


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