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WHY did Donna take Curtis back?


Rich or no rich, I wouldn't have.

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The "Code" insisted upon a happy ending, part of which was Christabel getting the shaft, the other was "true love" winning out.

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She took him back because - in a bizarre sort of way - she understood what happened.
Christabell manipulated everyone she came in contact with - everyone except Donna, who saw through her helpless act fairly quickly - and Gabby.
Christabell even had her Uncle John fooled, to a point, although he was wary of her.
Donna realized that Curtis had been fooled and she forgave him because she, unlike Christabell, really loved Curtis.
The fact that Curtis was so EASILY fooled by her, and that he was already engaged to Donna, were things that would've been hard to get past, but evidently, Donna loved him enough to forgive and move on.

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exactly right, bell-simone! i love this film. i saw it as a young girl, and
have never forgotten it, for some reason. I think it was the first time I
realized that someone could be charming and evil at the same time....
a new concept for someone from a loving family...Great Film!!

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You're right, bell-simone, but ugh, I didn't care for her decision at all. It was a chance for her to grow, too -- away from credulous, dull, shallow Curtis and into a woman who might become as much the mistress of her fate as characters like Gaby, Uncle John, and Nick.

Oh dear, those are all men, and the "code" also required that women be either manipulative sirens (Christabel) or helpless little objects (Aunt Clara, Donna). Well, not in this book, but perhaps another . . .

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I'm glad she gave him a second chance, let's hope he didn't blow it again.

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Maybe if Donna had blown it more often, she wouldn't have lost him in the first place.

Sorry, but this film was terrible schlock and can't be taken seriously.

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My hope is that she's planning to take him for everything he has...

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I was frankly troubled by the ease with which Donna took Curtis back. It is hard to square this with an acceptance of the ease with which she gave him up. I see her giving him up as coming from a perception on her part that his failure to understand that Donna loved him coupled with the ease with which he was fooled into doubting that love was a character flaw, and a rather deep one.

After all, all other considerations aside, if one is considering a romantic, loving relationship with someone, it is not a promising prospect if that someone so easily doubts your love. ANd if you do really love that person, or at least start out doing so, it must be understood as a huge problem going forward if that person does not see it, or mistrusts you.

That being the case, I think Donna would somehow have to assume that Curtis's adverse experience with his marriage to Christabel would somehow have taught him something that would overcome or work through that character flaw.

And i am not sure that makes all that much sense. But it is the best I can do.

Alternatively if Donna never saw Curtis as deeply flawed in this way, I think the logic of the situation would have required her to fight much harder to keep him, which she did not do.

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That and the fact that Christabel got off so easily were the only parts I didn't like in this otherwise enjoyable film.

Very good. But brick not hit back!

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Christabel did get off easily I suppose. But she lost out in this film really I think. She could have had a good position. She leaves with just the fur coats that she had accrued. I believe that Christabel wasn't downright evil. She was just a mischievous and childish opportunist.

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I hear you. I couldn't/wouldn't have.

To Donna I say, "You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!"

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