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|A heroine's childhood and reflection on JA's women
Written by Margaret H
(4/1/2006 1:31 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, PS: '..if she gathered flowers at all,...., penned by Reeba
I really enjoyed the descriptions of childhood in Chapter 1. So much of JA's books are dialogue with minimal fleshing out of character through past events. It is lovely to see JA's gentle wit at work descibing a girl's growing up years.
I notice that all her female characters don't have much time for scholarly pursuits. There is no "brain" among the heroines or much in the way of musical or artistic talents. JA seems at pains to show Catherine as very middling in looks and accomplishments. It is unusual, I think, to have an author not invest more in praising her characters. It makes her books even more interesting--creating such a lively plot with rather average character-types.
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