Washington Square

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Washington Square

I’m depressed. Well, how could I not be? I just finished reading Washington

Square. I’m happy it’s over, but I’m not happy I finished it. No, that doesn’t make sense

does it? Lets just say, I had a feeling how it was going to end up; I just hoped that I

would be wrong. Unfortunately the one time I didn’t want to be right I was. Isn’t that

the way it always works? I guess so.

Catherine, dear plain old, Catherine. Poor girl, father thinks she’s plain, she

thinks she’s plain, her aunt thinks she’s plain, even the man who she thinks loves her

thinks she’s plain. Although James erases this thought in the beginning of the book I still

believe it, “plain” equals “ugly”. I feel so bad for her but I guess you had to have what

happened to her happen, or else we wouldn’t have such a depressing story. I tell you

though, I’m glad my daddy isn’t rich or I would swear off guys as well. I felt so horrible

when I knew before her what Morris was like.

Which brings me to Morris Townsend. He’s a rat, I smelt a rat from the

beginning but I figured it was just because for me guys for the most part are always rats.

But of course he was after her money, she was “plain” and her father was “rich” no her

father wasn’t “rich”. By god he was rich. So Catherine’s got a big dowry, lots of money,

but she’s “plain”. Oh, well the money will compensate. This shows you the kind of man

he is. Well at least it erases the theory that women are gold diggers.

James makes the reader dislike Catherine’s father. He makes him seem like an

insensitive uncaring prick, but I really don’t think he is. Yes I know parents are supposed

to think that their child is the most beautiful thing in the world but hey, that theory’s over

rated. It’s not that he didn’t love his daughter; he just knew the truth. He was realistic

about the entire idea of this strikingly handsome man falling head over heals in love with

his daughter who isn’t the greatest looking chick in the world. Something doesn’t quite

fit. But it’s a known fact that children never believe what their parents say. Who trusts

the person who’s had more experience in life? Where would the sense be in that?

Although he had a funny way of showing it, Catherine’s father truly cared for her. Well

we’ve already established that she’s not going to listen to his better judgment, but still, it

didn’t help that she had an aunt who believed in Cinderella and Prince Charming fairy


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