“Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds; and until we know what has been or will be the peculiar combination of outward with inward facts, which constitute a man’s critical actions, it will be better not to think ourselves wise about his character.”
To many, George Eliot’s words will have a particular resonance as we watch the McCann drama unfold. I am glad to see so many comments on the previous blog, but I will not be swayed. I stick to my original conclusions; to quote the waitress in Thelma & Louise when asked who she thinks shot the man in the parking lot “neither of those two was the murdering kind”.
Of course I have no evidence. All I have is my own belief that I am a good enough judge of character and events to recognise a huge miscarriage of justice when I see it. If I believe that Kate and Gerry McCann murdered Maddy I may as well give up. If they are guilty then the world is a far worse place than I imagined.
I am happy to see them back home and hope that they will find some comfort in returning, albeit without their little girl. I can’t imagine what they will feel when they walk into her bedroom. But I am glad to see this latest debacle seems only to have made them stronger and brought them closer together as a family. Yet more evidence of their good character.
On a lighter note, here is a comment from Leonardo yesterday to his father as he got in the car.
“I love this car,” he said. “I love you daddy. I love Granny. I love everyone.”
What a splendid character he is.
Copyright: Helena Frith Powell 2007