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Written by Nicki
(4/1/2006 9:41 a.m.)
"No-one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be a heroine."
Immediately, we get that great sense of parody - making fun of novels which feature 'a beauty from her cradle' as the perfect heroine. By contrast, Catherine has grown up in a normal environment as a rather plain girl, with very few interruptions or excitements.
Isn't this far more accessible to readers? The first few paragraphs have an air of common-sense about them, I think. Catherine is shown as normal, and that appeals to me. What are your thoughts?
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