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Written by Cheryl
(6/18/2006 11:58 p.m.)
As I reread Love and Freindship, I kept seeing all kinds of parallels to Northanger Abbey, and so plan to make a few posts on the similarities. NA was Austen's first complete novel, written in 1798-99 when she was around 24. L&F was written in 1790 when she was 15. I've always felt that NA, stylistically, was a bridge between the Juvenilia and her more mature works, and there are several echoes of L&F in NA.
In JA's descriptions of Laura of L&F and Catherine of NA respective upbringings and educations, she really contrasts the two, for Laura as a heroine is everything that Catherine is not, and is exactly the type of heroine JA lampoons so effectively in NA. (All quotes from L&F, Letter 3, and NA, Ch. 1)
Laura: I was once beautiful.
Both of these heroine descriptions couldn't be more different, but it's easy to see how they are related. And, of course, both are incredibly funny. Any other comparisons between Laura and Catherine come to mind?
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