The novel is written retrospectively from an adult Charlotte's point of view. Because of this, we're privy to Charlotte's most intimate thoughts: her fears, her desires, and her prejudices. This means that while we can see all of Charlotte's flaws, we also see her courage, her honesty, and her integrity. We come to understand Charlotte as a more fully rounded person. We should also note that Charlotte's point-of-view is privileged over any other in the novel. As she narrates her own adventures, we become particularly attached to her and invested in her character development.