This was a challenge for me, but I knew immediately it was going to be a female character.
I thought about Hester Prynne, Belle (Beauty and the Beast) and Elizabeth Bennett, but I had to go back to the person who helped form who I was in my childhood, then again in my teens, then again as a young adult and think about who I had loved, related with, admired and dreamed to be like.
It was then and always has been Jo.
Jo had everything. I love that she went through repeated struggles trying to find her place in the world, but even through the discovery, always clings to her one dream.
I love that she had the courage to turn down a proposal that she just knew in her heart wasn't right, for either party, and though she is bumbling through it, still manages to have some grace in the process.
I love that she pushed the status quo and has to learn some lessons, some that she doesn't necessarily want to learn, to discover who she really is. Through these trials though, her true character comes out because she is still able to celebrate the accomplishment of dreams achieved by her sisters, knowing they are becoming who they want, taking the place they want to hold in society.
She so often refers to herself as a tomboy, but I see her having the character of royalty. I owe much of who I am today to her.
Warm fuzzy feelings again rewarded if you can remember the scene that deals with the title of this post.
This is part two of the Killer Characters Blogfest.
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