Have you done Miranda for the character meme? I loved your thomas one!
so i actually haven’t written miranda (yet) but. i do have Thoughts!!!
1. i think that (much like silver) she has a similar mindset of not really caring about The Cause but caring A Whole Fucking Lot about her people (aka, thomas and james). she tries SO hard to get james and thomas to be more careful, and then she tries her absolute utmost to get james to stop his crusade, and then she almost fucking punches peter in the face when he suggests that james give himself up. she knows thomas is an idealist and tells james that he needs to balance him - because she knows that The Cause isn’t going to save them and, in fact, is more likely to doom them (which, incidentally, it basically does). a lot of really brilliant stuff has been written about how she and silver are mirrors in many ways, in terms of how they both try to convince flint to let go of the war and find peace, and i would add that a key aspect of that mirroring is that neither of them sees their “betrayal” as a “betrayal.” as miranda says to eleanor, she didn’t truly betray flint, and at his core, he probably knows it. i would also say that miranda’s love is largely a selfless one (unlike silver’s, but that’s a meta for another time); yes, she wants to be happy, but she wants just as much for james to be, as well.
2. that said, she has a pretty strong vengeful streak. she’s the one who tells james that alfred hamilton is aboard the maria alleyne, and also, “i want to see the noose around your neck and i want to pull the fucking lever with my own two hands”????? that’s someone who is fucking furious and is willing to go to pretty drastic measures for vengeance. i will also clarify that, because of the alfred hamilton thing, i don’t think it’s necessarily situational - yes, she’s particularly enraged at the audacity of peter’s attempt to solve all his own problems by shoving james into the limelight, but her grief and anger at all that happened in london are also quite powerful forces throughout. she feels just as deeply as james, she’s just as wounded, and she’s just as fucking pissed off about it.
3. TIED INTO THAT, she’s also grimly determined to make a life for herself and, by 1715, a happy life for herself and james. she isn’t ashamed of what she’s done, she knows how she moves through the world, and she really and truly wants to find peace. arguably, given a) all that she and james have said and done and sacrificed and b) the fact that their relationship functions for 10 years mostly as a weird and unfulfilling way of grieving thomas, that peace is impossible. but she believes in it because she has to - she sees abigail ashe and seizes on that path because she’s tired of living a half-life.
(for now), i think miranda has a clearer understanding of the world than either thomas or james, tbh. this is actually also a parallel to silver’s clarity of vision in some ways, but miranda from the get-go is hyperaware of what the neighbors think, and of how that might impact her. that’s also part of why she warns james to be more cautious, and why she keeps telling him later that his path doesn’t lead to where he thinks it does. she literally gives james don quixote and pretty much says “this will help you deal with thomas’…….. Everything” because that’s where she sees her own role (seeing the world as it truly is) and generally, she does! however, i listed this last, because in a situation where this characteristic prudence runs up against her aforementioned Righteous Fury (e.g. when they’re talking to peter), the latter is what wins.