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|Beechen Cliff walk- *nature* etc. (my focus)
Written by Reeba
(4/12/2006 9:37 a.m.)
(Clermont adopts the same strategy)
Beechen cliff is described to us in some of the words (I am glad not all) often used in 'Udolpho' - coppice, verdure, the pituresque, the summit of a cliff, rocky fragment (LOL), forests, trees etc.
Catherine's knowledge was obtained from here, no wonder;
Emily always found the view from the top of a cliff very splendid. She often gazed at the view from her window in the castle, which was on top of a hill.
And so I laugh when finally Catherine is so convinced by Henry's and Eleanor's conversation that "... when they gained the top of Beechen Cliff, she voluntarily rejected the whole city of Bath as unworthy to make part of a landscape." Ha!
“You have been abroad then?” said Henry, a little surprised.
“Oh! No, I only mean what I have read about. It always puts me in mind of the country that Emily and her father travelled through, in The Mysteries of Udolpho.
Mrs. Radcliffe had never been to the places she described in 'Udolpho'. It seems she described the scenes from paintings etc. And sometimes got it wrong - like the cafe's around Markus Platz.
Catherine here is imitating the author of 'Udolpho'.
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