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|FOCUS: What Catherine Read --from Ch. 1
Written by Adrian
(3/2/2009 12:56 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I would like to keep an eye on what Catherine read..., penned by Adrian
As part of her "training to be a heroine," we know that Catherine learned (imperfectly) several quotations. While these might have come from books of extracts, they show that Catherine may also have raided her home library for poetry and Shakespeare. If Catherine were interested in stories, plays such as Shakespeare would be logical sources.
We also know from Chapter 6 that the Morlands had difficulty obtaining "new books." Here is what we know she read (along with the sources):
From Pope, she learnt to censure those who
From Pope: “Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady”
From Gray, that--
From Thomas Gray: "Elegy Written In A Country Church-Yard"
From Thompson, that--
From James Thomson’s Spring (1728):
And from Shakespeare, that--
“Trifles light as air,
From Othello III:iii
“The poor beetle, which we tread upon,
From Measure for Measure III:i
And that a young woman in love always looks--
From Twelfth Night II:iv
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