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    Character sketch of Katherine Bridges
    Katherine Bridges is the most loveable character in the novel. The personality of Katherine has been beautifully portrayed by James Hilton. She out-shines all other characters in the novel. Even the character of Mr. Chips the hero of the novel pales before her bright qualities of head and heart. Although she appears in the novel for a short time, yet she exercises such a brilliant influence on the personality of Mr. Chips that the whole novel echoes with it.

    1. Charming Personality: Katherine Bridges was a very beautiful and charming girl of 25. She had blue, bright and flashing eyes. She had freckled cheeks and smooth straw-coloured hair. She had very attractive and charming features which impressed others on the very first sight.
    2. Educated and Cultured: Katherine was an educated and cultured woman. By profession she was a governess a lady teacher who lived with a rich family and educated their children at home. She was well educated for her profession. She was well versed with the cultured and civilized way of life and knew fully well how to behave in the civilized world. She was soft-spoken and impressive in her talk. She knew how to convey her ideas to others. She also knew the art of persuasion. She always succeeded in persuading Chips to come round to her viewpoint.
    3. Intelligent and Wise: Katherine was a really very intelligent as she understood the ideas and habits of her husband very well. She married him after understanding his habits and nature. She was also a wise wife. She became the most useful adviser to Chips. Chips was quite a changed man after his marriage with her. She gave him useful advice in an intelligent way. She advised him how to treat students and how to keep good discipline.
    4. Influence on Mr. Chips: Katherine loved her husband from the heart. She tried to give him all possible comforts. She had a very happy and healthy influence on the mind of her husband. She made a new man of him. She developed his sense of humour. His discipline after marriage. She persuaded him to make plans. She advised him in all matters.
    5. Bold and Courageous: Katherine was a very bold and courageous woman. She loved adventure. She was an expert mountaineer. She loved to climb up the dangerous ledges. She could explore the valleys and climb up the hills like Great Gable all alone. She cycled down the lakeside road to reach Wasdale Head where Chips was staying. She was unafraid to visit a man alone in a farm house. She always took the bold decisions. It was she who decided to marry a man old enough to be called her father. It was on her suggestion, that the football match was arranged.
    6. Radical and Revolutionary: She possessed radical and socialistic ideas. She loved to read Bernard Shaw who had the strangest and most reprehensible opinions. She admired Ibsen who wrote disturbing plays. In politics, her ideal was William Morris, who possessed liberal ideas. She favoured the right of women to vote and get admission to universities. She was very bold in the expression of her ideas and she expressed them to Chips during her visits. She was a woman of progressive ideas and believed that woman should be given equal status and job opportunities with men.
    7. Sympathetic and Merciful: She had a kind and loving heart. She was very sympathetic and considerate. When Chips slipped at the Great Gable and wrentched his ankle, she held herself responsible for that and took it upon herself to took after Mr. Chips she took care of him like a nurse for one week.
    8. Modern Woman: She was modern woman with modern attitude to life. She liked all the modern fashions and adopted all the modern devices which the modern woman could use. She did not bother about the conventions and traditions. She was frank and straight forward. She did not like to hide her opinions, rather she openly expressed her views in favour of modern values which later on helped Chips to broaden his views. She loved music and was a good cello player. She took part in the music concert of the school.
    9. Devoted and Judicious Wife: Katherine was quite antagonistic to Mr. Chips in her views and ideas. She was modern and liberal whereas Chips was conservative and old fashioned. She had a remarkable quality of adjustability. She was social able and co-operative. She made herself lovable to the teachers as well as their wives and the students at school. She always advised Chips in a judicious way. She persuaded him to be lenient to the students but be strict in the matters of discipline. She exercised immense influence on Mr. Chips. She made him quite a new man. She broadened his views, gave a new sparkle to his jokes and made him lovable to all. Although her married life lasted for a very short time yet Chips could never shake off all his influence. He got inspiration from the judicious suggestions given by her.
    10. Tragic Death: she could lead only two years of her happy married life. She died in 1898, along with the new born baby during maternity. It was such a tragic shock that Chips could never shake off its effect. Whenever, in later years he remembered this tragic event, tears would trickle down his checks.

    On the whole, Katherine Bridges possessed genial , affectionate and considerate nature. So she was loved, honoured and admired not only by Mr. Chips but also by the students, teachers and the inhabitants of Brookfield.

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