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|FOCUS: What Catherine Read --from Ch. 6
Written by Adrian
(3/2/2009 1:31 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I would like to keep an eye on what Catherine read..., penned by Adrian
The Mysteries of Udolpho (by Anne Radcliffe)
which Catherine has read s far as the black veil.
Isabella states, without contradiction from Catherine, “It is so odd to me, that you should never have read Udolpho before.” Which suggests that Catherine has only begun Udolpho since she left Fullerrton. Most likely IMO she started it in Bath and at the suggestion of Isabella, whom she has known at this point for nine days. At this point in the GR (up to Ch. 7), we do not know that Catherine ever finishes the book; I will keep an eye out for this.
Catherine says that her mother “…often reads Sir Charles Grandison herself; but new books do not fall in our way.” From Isabella’s reaction, Sir Charles Grandison is not the sensational type of literature that Udolpho represents. Indeed, the difficulty obtaining “new books” makes it less likely that Catherine would have had access to the novels mentioned in JA’s defense in Ch. 5.
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