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Written by Amymarie
(3/2/2009 11:21 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Especially Gothic heroines, penned by Laraine
....surely the whole point is, that the novel as a whole shows Catherine to be just as equal a heroine as any gothic heroine. she doesn't really differ from them in particulars. She is virtuous, and with a good heart. She is open and artless, she is quite clever and a quick learner (I think she does demonstrate at some points in the book that she is Henry's equal), and she is fundamentally good and kind and loving. She goes to Bath, is removed from her home and from her family, and you have to admit that Mrs Allen in particular isn't the best person to chaperone her in terms of making sure she is not a prey for bad people and the like. So her experience does actually mimic the gothic experience quite well, but with a homely, familiar edge (eg taking place in Bath, England, in a familiar environment in society, instead of in the French alps or wherever).
To the moderators: I know we're meant to stick to the first few chapters, I don't know if this post can be considered as moving outside that, if it is then please do delete it)
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