We’re already in week 3 of the Something Strange & Deadly Book Club! Time’s flying!
So this week’s question is:
Eleanor finds herself more and more intrigued by (perhaps even attracted to) Daniel Sheridan, the inventor of the Spirit-Hunters. What is it about him that appeals to her? And vice versa, what do you think attracts Daniel to Eleanor?
Then there’s Clarence Wilcox, the seemingly perfect eligible bachelor. Why do you think Eleanor doesn’t like Clarence?
What appeals to Eleanor most about Daniel is probably his lack of pretentiousness. She has grown up in a world where people are very superficial and indulgent, and always polite. Daniel is none of those things. When they first meet he brushes her off, not paying her the respect she thinks he owes her for being one of the Philadelphia Fitts. The relationship that develops between Eleanor and Daniel is more natural and unencumbered than those she’s used to and neither is afraid to call the other out on being wrong. Also, Daniel is certainly attracted Eleanor’s feistiness. The both share an adventurous spirit and are not afraid to voice their opinions, while at the same time caring deeply about those around them. I think those are the reasons Eleanor and Daniel find themselves attracted to each other.
While there’s nothing wrong with Clarence per se (I think he was just beginning to grow as a person when he met his untimely end), Clarence represents the stiff and formal world Eleanor hails from and that is precisely why she doesn’t really like him. She is too much of a free spirit for that world and Clarence would never appreciate her adventurous behavior or so much as understand her ideas, which of course would seem foreign and strange to a man like him.
I think Eleanor knows what she wants: to be free and independent. She isn’t afraid to fight for it and she has the guts and the wits to make it happen. She also knows if she married Clarence he’d appreciate her despite rebellious nature and her family’s lack of riches. Daniel on the other hand would appreciate her for having her own mind and wouldn’t care about a lack of money either way.