Draw a character sketch on Katherine Bridges.

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Katherine Bridges is a conventionally pretty, charming young lady, whose winsome beauty immediately attracts Chips's attention on that first fateful meeting on a hill in the Lake District. Chips soon discovers that there's so much more to Katherine than just good looks and charm. Urbane, cultured, and sophisticated, she's also...

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Katherine Bridges is a conventionally pretty, charming young lady, whose winsome beauty immediately attracts Chips's attention on that first fateful meeting on a hill in the Lake District. Chips soon discovers that there's so much more to Katherine than just good looks and charm. Urbane, cultured, and sophisticated, she's also a highly-intelligent woman with advanced ideas, someone who passionately believes in gender equality. There was a growing demand for women to have the vote in late 19th-century Britain, and Katherine exemplifies a new breed of politically-conscious women actively campaigning for change.

Even though Chips is less than enamored by modern women, deriding them as "monstrous creatures," he's nonetheless captivated by Katherine's forceful intellect. Having lived virtually his whole life in an all-male environment, Chips has never really understood women. But when Katherine comes into his life, that all changes. She opens his mind, making him less stuffy, less of a stick in the mud when it comes to the fairer sex.

As mentioned earlier, Katherine first meets Chips on a hill. This shows us that she's not just adventurous in her ideas but physically adventurous too. Once more we're reminded of how modern a woman she really is. At that time, it was quite uncommon for women to go climbing; it wasn't considered very ladylike. But Katherine has such enormous curiosity about the world around her that she just has to get out and explore, irrespective of what society might think.

Katherine isn't just book smart; she has great practical intelligence too. She acts as a confidante to Chips, providing him with sage advice on such matters as how to instill discipline in his pupils whilst still behaving kindly towards them. Katherine herself is a disciplined, organized person and introduces some much-needed order into her notoriously absent-minded husband's life.

Most importantly of all, perhaps, Katherine is a kind and loving woman, universally adored at Brookfield by masters and pupils alike. We see her caring side straight away when she first meets Chips in the Lake District. After Chips sprains his ankle, she immediately rushes to his aid and then proceeds to take care of him for a whole week.

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