Reading that Frédéric feels drawn to a man he should hate (in Sentimental Education), I can't help thinking about Lucy and Ginevra in Villette. Unlike some people on the internet, I neither doubt the existence of Ginevra, nor distrust the friendship between her and Lucy Snowe, different as they are. Charlotte Bronte is seldom praised for psychological insight, and this character is very much like a type, a caricature, but I've personally known a few girls in life who can say shocking, outrageous things with such honesty that one couldn't believe in such remarks were one to find them in books, and with such innocence that one cannot hate these girls. It should be noted, too, that they don't make such remarks for shocking effect or for attention, instead, it seems that they just, without thinking, blurt out things that are genuinely their own views, and somehow, either because of simplicity or naiveté, don't know how others might feel. Concerning the friendship, it's not impossible for 2 persons with very different personalities and levels of intelligence to be friends, so I won't discuss that. But sometimes people may even feel drawn to someone with some trait that is unpleasant or even deplorable and obnoxious, some trait that they expect to detest or perhaps do detest when it's in someone else. For instance, 1 girl I know is a racist, who has said some horrible things that one wouldn't expect to hear anyone utter in a free country- her words are unacceptable, but for whatever reasons, after being shocked at 1st, I didn't feel what I should have felt, only acceptance with a bit pity because she's a product of the society in which she had grown up before coming here. I neither felt disgust nor pushed her away and pretended not to know her. Because I saw that she's not a cruel, mean, bad-natured person? That's hardly sufficient. Then why? I don't know.
The same with Lucy and Ginevra. Strange, but not impossible.
After all, human beings are complex, self-contradictory and inconsistent. And that is part of the beauty of life.