Isolde was a horrible wuss, and Catherine Earnshaw invented the concept. Arwen gets a pass, she was old. Not familiar with the others. We are apparently defining "wuss" very differently. There are few if any female characters in "classic" literature that I can respect. Despair is a part of life, as is losing people one loves. I believe one has a responsibility to try to pull out of it, especially when one has other people depending on him or her, just as a cancer patient in Padme's situation has a responsibility to try chemo, radiation and surgery to at least buy time if those options are available. The world does not revolve around any of us, and caving in to despair is not an option; I have no respect whatsoever for Padme for believing that it was.