Which character did you like most in "McDowell" aside from Hiram McDowell himself?

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Which character did you like most in "McDowell" aside from Hiram McDowell himself?

Post by KnightReader » 29 Oct 2018, 03:34

For me, I think I like Sophie. We both share a liking to photography, and despite problems, I admire that she's sort of a dreamer.

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Post by DorcasToo » 29 Oct 2018, 15:05

I absolutely love Sophie despite her weaknesses the author builds her from being timid and weak to a strong and amazing lady.
He lays me besides still waters. He prepares a banquet before my enemies.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall not fear.
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Post by capricornius16 » 29 Oct 2018, 20:20

I love Sophie the most. She's such a delicate character.

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Post by Radiant3 » 29 Oct 2018, 23:28

I liked Sophie the most. Her inner strength grew as the story developed. I think she had a lot of the positive qualities of Hiram.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 30 Oct 2018, 20:08

I think Sophie is the only character with no guile or malice in her. I am glad to see her find happiness in the end.

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Post by Nerea » 31 Oct 2018, 03:56

Maria, one of Hiram's women. I liked her boldness and that she knew her worth and want.
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Post by Hiruni Bhagya 81 » 02 Nov 2018, 06:51

Sophie. She's such a great person, it's hard to believe she's a daughter of McDowell. I didn't like the way she allowed June to treat her like a doormat. But that only proved she's not perfect and made her character more realistic. I like how she became a confident young woman by the end of the book.

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Post by edith38 » 02 Nov 2018, 09:14

The bookshop lady. Though not sure why you choose to make a disclaimer for McDowell as he was decidedly (and successfully) written to be an unlikable character.

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Post by Italiansweety1982 » 02 Nov 2018, 10:30

Sophie

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Post by ShailaSheshadri » 03 Nov 2018, 06:37

I like Sophie. Though She is a bit timid, she takes proper decisions. She is humanitarian. She is sympathetic, caring, and friendly. The way she tries to protect her father from being caught by the Police is admirable. She never discloses information to Paige about her father, even though she is her roommate. The way she comforts dying Jeremy is worthwhile. All the while, she was guiding her brother Billy. The fact that makes me happy is that she becomes bold with her progressing age.

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Post by somersas13 » 03 Nov 2018, 11:30

I really liked the minor female characters in the book: Hulga, Maude, and Winona. I thought they were the strongest characters in the book because they were the biggest influences on McDowell in the second part of the book and helped guide him and shape him for the better. While I enjoyed Sophie's character, she was so dependent on her father in so many ways that it wasn't until the end of the book when her father is gone that she starts to come into her own and find her strength. McDowell loved his children, but they felt all extensions of himself in many ways, whereas these minor characters exerted the most influence on him and were wholly independent of his influence. Even Hulga, who seems desperate, is able to teach him to love differently and value women in a way he hadn't previously before.

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Post by OrlaCarty » 07 Nov 2018, 07:20

I think Sophie was created with the intention of being a bit of a shining light in the novel, and she definitely is. But I also loved some of the more minor characters that Hiram meets along the way. Maude, Winona and Hulga are three strong women who guide him to a path of goodness. I thought some of the scenes with them were the best in the novel.

I also felt that Paige was an interesting character. She just seemed so lonely. She cared for Sophie and had a great moral compass throughout.

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Post by OrlaCarty » 07 Nov 2018, 07:20

somersas13 wrote: ↑
03 Nov 2018, 11:30
I really liked the minor female characters in the book: Hulga, Maude, and Winona. I thought they were the strongest characters in the book because they were the biggest influences on McDowell in the second part of the book and helped guide him and shape him for the better. While I enjoyed Sophie's character, she was so dependent on her father in so many ways that it wasn't until the end of the book when her father is gone that she starts to come into her own and find her strength. McDowell loved his children, but they felt all extensions of himself in many ways, whereas these minor characters exerted the most influence on him and were wholly independent of his influence. Even Hulga, who seems desperate, is able to teach him to love differently and value women in a way he hadn't previously before.
I couldn't agree more!

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Post by Dael Reader » 07 Nov 2018, 09:07

I also liked Sophie the best. She was a young woman struggling to make her own way in life. I could sympathize with that. I also imagine that she struggled with her feelings for her father. She obviously loved him, but I think she realized that he was a deeply flawed person who had caused great harm to herself and her family.

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Post by cristinaro » 09 Nov 2018, 09:02

Before reading the comments here, I have thought about it and decided that I liked Sophie best too. Besides, she seems to be the only female character better developed than all the rest. I also liked Maud and Winona, but I would have expected the author to develop them more and to get them more involved in the story.
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