David Strorm, character from "THE CHRYSALIDS" by John Wyndham

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A beautiful city, clustered with things from inside his head, things he had never seen before, was what the young boy dreamt of. At ten years old, David met Sophie, a special young girl, taking in every detail very clearly about her. David seemed to have an attitude much more mature than his years should have brought. This may have been because he didn't feel he really had any one to truly confide in because his community was so narrow-minded whereas he wasn't. David didn't take others opinion as his own, but decided upon his own opinion, developing an eye to see things unbiased, as most young children can't do after being so strongly pressured by their parents to see things their way. David seemed kind, friendly and very helpful even though he stated he felt useless when he wasn't able to help. (p.9) As a child, David was not praised often and when Mrs.

Wender complimented David, he seemed incapable of properly thanking her. (p.12)

David shows that he is very knowledgeable when he describes to us the family history, as well as the history of the community's beliefs as he knows them throughout the novel. David goes in to great detail about everything, I think David's great curiosity and wonder helps him take in all information, in hopes that he will better understand aspects of life.

When David first met Sophie's mother, he unsuccessfully tries to telepathically communicate with her, to calm her down. We later find David is telepathic, as well as Rosalind is. David lets Uncle Axel in on his little secret. Uncle Axel, from there on, is David's protector.

David wasn't one to question his loyalty to Sophie. When Alan Ervin, on older boy, saw an imprint of Sophie's foot, David took...