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Written by Line
(3/2/2009 9:09 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Chapter 1: Heroine, penned by Lynn
- not only the Heroine, but her father should be handsome as well
The footnote of the Norton Critical Edition for the first paragraph of the novel says:
Austen is mocking several sentimental and/or gothic literary conventions in this opening: the beautiful, exquisitely sensitive and accomplished heroine; her mother, whose death in childbirth leaves the heroine friendless; her father or male relative, poor and pitiable if not rich and tyrannical.
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