Kathryn Merteuil

Kathryn Merteuil

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    Cruel Intentions
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Living… a "perfect life", as it seems from the outside. Unfortunately, her stepfather is an alcoholic and her mother is a gold-digger. And Kathryn has her own problems with cocaine and borderline sex addiction.

Profession… straight A student, President of the French Club, and professional manipulator. 

Interests… a vintage Jaguar she has her eyes on. Kathryn and her step-brother Sebastian have made a deal—if Sebastian can seduce Annette, the viginal daughter of their school’s headmaster, then he can also have sex with Kathryn. If he fails, she gets his vintage Jaguar.

Relationship Status… bitterly single. She used to date a guy named Court Reynolds. She liked him, she tried to please him, and she thought she was succeeding – until he left her for someone more innocent, more pure. Cecile. 

Challenge… executing her plan as perfectly as possible. Sebastian is an important tool, the key to her success, but she can’t trust him. He’s simply not as heartless as she is. So she has to stay one step ahead of him, two steps ahead of everyone else, and ensure none of the blame for the ensuing disasters falls on her shoulders.

Personality… sociopathic, vain, and manipulative. But to her, she’s just trying to get what she deserves. Somehow it's all right for Sebastian to sleep with everyone, but because Kathryn’s a girl, it's wrong. Well, she didn't ask to be a girl. She hates that she has to act like Mary Sunshine twenty-four seven, so she can be considered a "lady."

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