The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

by Avi, Edward Irving Wortis

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What is Charlotte's attitude toward crew members?

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Initially, Charlotte is quite snobby towards the crew members of the Seahawk. She comes from quite a well-to-do background and sees the men on board ship as far beneath her on the social scale. Indeed, they're so far beneath her that she doesn't want to have anything to do with them. These rough-hewn jack-tars are not the kind of people with whom a young lady of quality would normally associate, and so she maintains a certain distance from him.

But Charlotte's snobbery is eventually shown up for the foolishness that it is. As well as marking down the common crew-mates as lower-class yahoos, she immediately jumps to the false conclusion that the well-dressed, well-mannered Captain Jaggery is a throughly decent chap. This only goes to show how appearances can be deceptive and that you can't always judge a book by its cover. As Charlotte will eventually discover, beneath Captain Jaggery's polished exterior beats the heart of a sadistic bully.

By the same token, she's forced to revise her hasty opinion of the ordinary crew-mates as she recognizes just how badly they've been treated by their unspeakable skipper. In getting to know the men a little better, Charlotte learns quite a lot about just what kind of a man this Captain Jaggery really is. In finding common cause with the crew-mates, she also learns not to be so snobbish and judgmental.

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