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Written by Eirene
(3/1/2009 7:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Chapter 1: Heroine, penned by Lynn
Young Catherine is a tomboy. "She was fond of all boy’s plays, and greatly preferred cricket not merely to dolls, but to the more heroic enjoyments of infancy, nursing a dormouse, feeding a canary–bird, or watering a rose–bush. Indeed she had no taste for a garden; and if she gathered flowers at all, it was chiefly for the pleasure of mischief (snip)".
Austen does not set her up as the regular type of young girl who does the most ladylike things. Though I don't know if feeding canaries and watering flowers are even "heroic" to begin with, and she is really poking holes in the heroine ideal.
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