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|Chapter 1: Heroine
Written by Lynn
(3/1/2009 4:34 p.m.)
Some points to consider:
*Her father was a clergyman, without being neglected or poor, and he has a "considerable independence and two very good livings"
*Her mother is "a woman of useful plain sense, with a good temper, and, what is more remarkable, with a good constitution." She did not die after giving birth to Catherine, but had several more children.
*Catherine has all those characteristics Laraine has so well described in her post below, and is just "pretty" not what one would call beautiful.
So taking all this (and the rest of the first couple of paragraphs of Chapter 1) into account, what was the typical heroine of a contemporary novel like for Austen? How has she set up Catherine to be different?
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