THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE

CHARACTER AND CHARACTER TRAITS

NATELLA ABASHWILI

(c) National Trust, Tredegar House; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

She is the wife of the late Governor Georgi Abashwili. The couple have a child called Michael Abashwili who is the apparent heair to the throne.

CHARACTER TRAITS

Proud/beautiful/boastful

Natella is careful to pack her most expensive dresses. She also takes keen interest in the shoes she wants so that they can match with the clothes. This puts the workers at risk given the raging war. The singer describes her as beautiful

Bossy/brutal/ungrateful/self-centered/egocentric

She bosses the servants around with little regard to their wellbeing. She in fact slaps one of the servants for not following her orders. In most of her conversations, she talks about herself. “I have got the most terrible headache…” (pg24) Despite the chaos she needs much of the attention directed towards her imagined and unimagined illnesses. Moreover, she dwells much on finding her belongings forgetting that the child’s belonging should come first. Even further, Natella rides of with her carriage full of clothing leaving the child behind

Attention-seeker/unlovable

From the spectacle at the entrance to the church, we see Natella using the child to get the attention of the Governor (pg15). Furthermore, we learn that the governor has tied all his wealth in the name of Michael Abashwili. This means there was no love lost between the governor and his wife. To add insult to injury, Azdak does not seem to like the power wielding governor’s wife (pg98).

Ambitious/lazy/dependent/uncaring/cold/distant/cruel

She is very ambitious, a kind of a lady who follows the mighty for the power they wield, she enjoys the power she wields as the late governor’s wife and that is why she faints when that power is taken from her.

She is lazy, cold and distant that she cannot even hold her own child in her own hands as a mother. Her cruelty denies her the wealth that had been written in the name of Michael Abashwili.

(c) National Trust, Tredegar House; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
(c) National Trust, Tredegar House; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
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