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Written by Katy B
(4/2/2006 4:58 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A cruel assessment? (and a vocabulary question), penned by Line
So true, Line, your comments are appreciated! Thanks for pointing out that phrase about learning before being taught. I interpreted it to mean taught formally, although we actually are taught everything we know, we just are not always aware of the teaching process (informal, experiential learning). Perhaps the author meant she didn't pick up on things easily, that everything had to be actually explained to her. Carrie B's definitions of stupid are instructive here, because one of them is "inattentive", which is probably the case with Catherine.
Yes, you're right, she is poking fun at novel heroines. I know this is a deviation from NA, but Nancy Drew comes to mind when I think about the kind of novel heroines the author is referring to. Nancy Drew to me was always such a bore, because she was perfect, she could do everything and be everything. It was so unrealistic! This is what I think JA means in her description of Catherine - she doesn't compare to the perfect heroines of the novels of the time, she can't possibly measure up because she is too human!! :-D
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