Catherine, Called Birdy By: Karen Cushman. The main character is Catherine. In the beginning was very childish, though her brother was trying to force her to put those things away. By getting her to spend some time wrighting in a journal to become more mature. Towards the the middle she was losing hope when it came to her father "selling her off like cheese". She even ran away to her aunts house but only to see that she was crazy. Furthermore she didn't want that to happen to her so she came back. And when she arrived her father found a she receives word that Shaggy Beard has been killed in a fight at a tavern. Happy with this news, she also finds that she has now been promised in marriage to his son, Stephen. Stephen is unlike his father. He is young, well kept, and has an education. Catherine feels that perhaps she has finally found a match that will make her happy and thinks about being married and looks forward to being able to see him. That Catherine feels she has found happiness is no small feat. She lives at a time when women had few choices and women like her, who were rebellious, sarcastic, and headstrong, were not necessarily those who found happy endings. The way the author shows us that is by putting the text in first person.