During the 19th century, impressions, especially first ones, are of utmost importance. You had to put your description in a bag and another person would randomly pick it and try to find the person who wrote it. Differing personality, situations and presentation of a person, make first impressions often the worst means of judging people.
And while what we say may have an impact on how another person perceives us, studies have shown that much of our first impressions are based on body language. My peers received the impression that I was a nervous and not sociable person, when really I was acting the way I was because of the situation that I was in.
I received the impression that she was kind of odd, but then realized that I was the same way. First impression are very important on people's social life, in your education and in employment. Decisions about the ability of prospective job candidates, judgments about the suitability of expert financial advisors, and even choices between alternate dating partners all involve processing information about other people Some people, like me and my friend, are shy and put up a reserved and quiet front when facing new people.
The first impressions of many of the major characters are responsible for much of the action of the novel. First impressions also set the precedent for how we perceive someone in the future. Although first impressions can be misleading, true character is always revealed later.
The way people look also does not mean they act a certain way. When I first saw him, my first instinct was to back into a corner.