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Written by Line
(3/2/2009 8:25 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, But was it exceptional?, penned by CarolTS
Of course, there were the rules about what girls were "supposed" to do, but what individual parents let their actual daughters do in real life could often be quite different! There have always been girls who would rather run around outside - why do you suppose the word "tomboy" was invented? :-)
In any case, I don't think that playing baseball, etc. would have qualified Catherine as a Heroine-in-Training - more the opposite! ;-) It seems to me that serenity, a quiet demeanor (sp?) and above all, unfailing physical grace were also required virtues in a Gothic heroine. It's hard to be graceful when rolling down a hill, or quiet and serene while yelling during a ball game!
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