I think the character of Laoghaire is kinda like Frank, in a way. If viewed objectively, their circumstances are definitely grounds for empathy. But it’s easy to get caught up in the Jamie-Claire dyad and view anything that threatens it with distaste — if not alarm.
Meanwhile, I’m debating whether I disagree that Claire’s a pragmatist. Can someone who is that headstrong and impulsive also be pragmatic? Maybe so, or maybe she’s just strongly emotional but hides her emotions well.