So, I've been thinking a lot on how "morally pure" characters can really start to get old in a fandom, and upon my reflecting, I took another look at Sarah's bio. Now, I'm not going to be adding anything to it since I've done that so many times, I've lost count. Instead, I'll be posting new information about her in my journals and in new deviations if I ever get round to writing anything other than shitty one-shots.
Anyways, back to my ponderings. What I was thinking as I read through her information was that sure, she's based off of Irene Adler and the mouse equivalent of Mlle Relda, but how many authors have done that already? And how effective could this be in my version of the mouse world? Adler was an opportunistic adventuress, and so too is Caultry. Though instead of Adler being a bit more innocent of the wrongdoings she's accused of, the accusations against Caultry are completely founded. She is opportunistic to a fault, and if she can turn a profit, by God she'll do it. And usually she tends to aim for the highest bidder. It's just how she is, and how she expects to make something of herself in a world that refuses to allow her to succeed. Let's face it, Victorian Mousedom is a parallel world to Victorian England, and though fascinating in retrospect, it was not a very happy place to be if you were in the minority. Judging from the look of the film, mice mostly prosper at the top of the social ladder (seriously, check out Mousetoria's collection of subjects. There is not one non-mouse character there. And yes, it is Disney and Disney loves them some mice, but most of the low-lifes and lower class were non-mouse or even non-rodent.) To be a woman in those times wasn't all sunshine and unicorns either. No one took a lady seriously unless she had some serious balls to challenge societal norms, and that is just what I want Caultry to be. She is the anti-thesis of the perfect Victorian woman. And that is what attracts both Basil and Ratigan to her (though Basil is in no way as enamored with her as the rat is. Basil just wants her to quit blackmailing people for profit, and maybe end up getting her back for outsmarting him that one time.)
What I'm saying is I set out to make a morally grey or even morally charcoal character, and it seems she hasn't done enough to earn either of those titles. So, be on the lookout for the Woman misbehaving and causing a stir in Mousedom's richest communities. And for Basil having to chase after her. Though like Carmen San Diego, he's going to have a bitch of a time catching up. Ratigan in the meantime will be cooking up ways to either get her to work for him (he couldn't pay her enough to want to work for him. She is her own business, thanks) or to seduce her because pretty lady make rat happy in tight pants.
tl;dr Caultry's character is suffering from my own version of a midlife crisis when I go back and read my past works and end up wanting to gouge my own eyes out with a .5 mechanical pencil.
Stay classy, watchers. And thanks for all the moral support you've been giving me over the years. You guys rock my socks.