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Written by Maisy
(4/4/2006 7:19 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A list of the characteristics of a Gothic heroine, penned by Kathi
For those who may not have had the opportunity to read The Mysteries of Udolpho yet, here is Radcliffe's description of the heroine:
[Emily's room] contained her books, her drawings , her musical instruments, with some favourite birds and plants. Here she usually excercised herself in the elegant arts, cultivated only because they were congenial to her taste, and in which the native genius, assisted by the instructions of Monsieur and Madame St Aubert, made her an early proficient.
As Reeba already pointed out, Emily's father takes great pains to insure she receives a proper and thorough education.
St Aubert [Emily's father] cultivated [Emily's] understanding with the most scrupulous care. He gave her a general view of the sciences, and an exact acquaintance with every part of elegant literature. He taught her Latin and English, chiefly that she might understand the sublimity of their best poets. She discovered in her early years a taste for works of genius; and it was St Aubert's principle, as well as his inclination, to promote every innocent means of happiness (Vol. I Ch. I).The text of The Mysteries of Udolpho is available online at Project Gutenberg.
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