Charlotte has waited patiently many years for Benjamin Martin to figure out that he is in love with her, or that she would make the best mother to his children. She assumes this a natural resolution to both their problems (her being single and his widowhood), because it’s something that happens often in the society around her—where a man marries a woman in his deceased wife’s family. She worries about his attentions, however, fearing they may be out of sentiment and wanting him to love her for herself alone (“I am not my sister” – “I know!”). She is somewhat cautious about the future and great change, but can also adapt to new circumstances when thrust into them (though she is upset at the loss of her home and her stability). She has a warm nature and compassionate heart – Charlotte forgives the children their shenanigans, reassures her brother-in-law that he has done nothing wrong in protecting Gabriel, urges Gabriel not to cross his father and to consider his family when he heads back to the war hours after losing his brother, and plays the role of the children’s’ surrogate mother easily. Charlotte also hints around at her feelings for Benjamin and her desire for marriage (“they need a woman’s influence… a mother”) and is not secure in her romance with Benjamin until she knows for certain his true feelings (which he expresses without words).

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Charlotte selectively tries to please and appeal to the people she most cares about – giving Susan a doll and the children presents, flattering Benjamin about his beautiful, tall, and strong children, offering to take them in and care for them in his absence, and hoping to fill her sister’s place in their lives. She puts aside her own pained feelings and horror at living in a shack on the beach to please and make a woman feel good. Charlotte is also good at gauging Benjamin’s reactions and feelings and responding to them with encouragement and support. She wants to do her duty, behave properly, and resolve differences.