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One character I feel sympathy for is Miss Ada Moss from 'Pictures' by Katherine Mansfield

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GCSE Tess of the d'Urbervilles

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Discuss why you can sympathise with certain characters

One character I feel sympathy for is Miss Ada Moss from 'Pictures' by Katherine Mansfield. From the beginning of the story there are hints that indicate that Miss Moss is in difficult financial circumstances. Similarly one can see that she has not always lived like this as she says, 'I wonder why I always wake up so cold in the mornings now.' And she explains that this must be because she does not have a good hot dinner in the evenings any more.

Miss Moss is a character dwelling in her successful past and has not realised that she no longer has what it takes to have further success. This is quite a strong statement especially when one considers that the story ends with her getting a job, but I believe this is one of very few to come and she will be lucky if this job lasts as there is no stability in her field of work.

The show of self confidence and stability she puts on in public and often in private makes me feel further sympathy for her as she is a very

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