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Well, does anybody else think think that there is enough Justin and Mrs. Brisby pairings already? For me, I didn’t mind it so much, but I studied more closely, I noticed some problems, obvious as they are. First off, they’re too different species wise: a human have DNA 98-99% compatible with a primate’s, and yet they cannot breed. The same is true for mice and rats, and I highly doubt it work as part of a story really. Here’s a link explaining why: http://www.ratbehavior.org/RatMouseHybrid.htm.
Also, Justin’s in charge of Thorn Valley with Nicodemus gone so he might not even have time for Mrs. Brisby. In fact, due to the fact that Mrs. Brisby is an ordinary mouse and would only live for one or two more years, she would even grow old and die meaning that Justin wouldn’t spend as much time with her.
Also, many writers fall under the fallacy during the “lights scene” that Justin and Mrs. Brisby are falling in loving with each other. It doesn’t seem right that somebody’s friend would go after his wife, even if you think that person would “not mind” after he has dies, it would breaking the honor that friend’s commitment to that person—in essence, a final “screw you, I can do it because I can and she wants me”. I also do not like the fact that if Justin does marry her, she’d no longer be “Mrs. Brisby”, and I think if it were to happen, it might alienate fans greatly.
As “Jam” said on the old Thorn Valley Forum: “In my oppinion I do NOT think they would have been a "couple" of sorts but much rather like "friends". I have observed that many Nimh fans say the same thing for just about the same reasons. In the "Kiss" scene shown above at the start of this topic I think that Mrs Brisby came to see Justin as a rat of Charm, Politeness and generaly a very well spoken and charismatic individule who perhaps in some way reminds her of Johnathon.
Justin I believe would have seen Mrs Brisby as a shy and well manerd person who knows nothing of there world but then eventualy comes to realize that she is more then a simple meek mother mouse.”
HolyArrow from the same site also said: “To be honest, I still don't understand why people get the idea of Justin having a crush on Mrs. Brisby. My answer to the question is no. My personal reason is that I am a fan of Johnathan and I believe that Mrs. Brisby will never forget about him no matter what happens. I just like the image of Mrs. B going with Johnathan. It seems that Mrs. Brisby appreciated Justin. He was being very nice to Mrs. Brisby. But I don't really think they should be a couple. I prefer Mrs. Brisby thinking about Johnathan.”
shivermetimbers said: “Think about the context for a bit. Justin starts out by admiring the fact that she is Jonathan's widow. "Mrs. Jonathan Brisby! It is an honor and a privilege, my lady." Mrs. Brisby is flattered by his respect and charisma, not to mention the fact that he's the Captain of the Guard. This causes her to look flattered. She simply sees him as a rat of respect and honor. Same thing with Justin's expression to Mrs. Brisby because she is the widow of a respectable mouse and friend to the rats.
I see no romance between the two and I'm kinda shocked that there's a lot of fanfiction pairing these two together. It's kinda cliche for him to leave his duties as Captain in order to pursue his friend's widow.” and “Id also like to mention that the thought of a rat and a mouse getting together kinda creeps me out. I can see a very close friendship forming, but there wouldn't (or shouldn't) be any sexual tenderness between the two. Id much rather Justin be with Isabella because it just seems right.”
DavidLeemhius said: “I, along with a few other fan-fic authors such as Chris Silva and Megan Lucas, was always a Justin-and-Isabella booster…”
Pennsylvania Jones said “Mrs. Brisby? I'm sorry, but I just can't see her with anyone but Jonathan.”
So there you have it. Not that I don’t like it—now I really don’t—but it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense either nor is it really viable. If anything, why not bring back Jonathan? Why couldn’t he have survived and is looking to find his family again? This may sound weak but here are some quotes from Nicodemus suggesting that he might be alive.
“Jonathan, your wife, I fear, is desperate trouble.”
“Jonathan, your wife has come at last.”
So why would Nicodemus being talking to Jonathan when he is dead? And why would he refer to Mrs. Brisby as a wife? Wouldn’t “widow” make more sense or not? Maybe Nicodemus knew that Jonathan was still alive somewhere, but never got to tell Mrs. Brisby the truth about Jonathan before Jenner killed him. Think of it this way: in Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi tells Luke that his father, Anakin, was betrayed and murdered by Darth Vader. However, in The Empire Strikes Back Vader reveals to Luke that he is his father and Yoda confirms it by Return of the Jedi. At least, that’s my theory. Wouldn’t that have made a better sequel or not?