I'm totally upset at what owning Samantha supposedly says about me. I haven't always been confident and capable. And, I certainly haven't always been well-liked.
When I think of Samantha, I think of someone who stuck up for her friend Nellie, who "didn't have enough food or enough coal." I think that Samantha was humble in some ways--when she wanted the doll dressed in blue velvet, she was very humble about asking for it and then gave it to her friend Nellie (even when she thought her grandmother would be mad.) She was there to stop Eddie from being a bully and put him in his place. She seemed like a good friend, someone who was socially responsible with what she had. These are the qualities I associate Samantha with and that is why I'm drawn to her.
I totally agree with your ideas about Felicity--I liked that she was a rebel and a tom-boy at times. Her declining to drink tea, when she rescued Ben and the time she was climbing on the roof to pick apples really showed that she was independent, outgoing and stuck up for what she thought was right. That's why I liked her.