|In contrast to a proper heroine
Written by Barbara
(4/1/2006 12:16 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ch.1: Two questions: on poetry, and what JA meant, penned by Line
Emily St. Aubert, the heroine of Mysteries of Udolpho is described in this way:
[A room] contained her books, her drawings, her musical instruments, with some favourite birds and plants. Here she usually exercised herself in elegant arts, cultivated only because they were congenial to her taste, and in which native genius, assisted by the instructions of Monsieur and Madame St. Aubert, made her an early proficient.
In another instance, Emily is looking around her at
Her favourite plants, which St. Aubert (her father) had taught her to nurse; the little drawings, that adorned the room, which his taste had instructed her to execute; the books, that he had selected for her use, and which they had read together; her musical instruments...
By JA's description of her, Catherine is pretty much the anti-Emily, isn't she?