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Written by Graciela
(3/2/2009 2:50 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, But....but....., penned by Amymarie
I don't think that we must look Catherine as the complete opposite of a Gothic heroine. As you said she is virtuous, and clever, but those are qualities shared by all JA's heroines, as well as heroines novels from other authors. Heroines in Gothic/sentimental novels had other specific characteristics, which JA is mocking.
A gothic heroine is described as absolutely beautiful and extraordinarily intelligent; Catherine was plain during her childhood, and after that she was just a pretty girl, and while she was not deficient in intelligence, sometimes she could not learn things, perhaps because she was not attentive.
There were other characteristics of a GH, that we can infer because JA says that Catherine didn't do that, or was not like that. For example, a GH would be fond of caring a garden, and would be shown gathering flowers; but Catherine preferred to play cricket rather than watering a rose-bush, and she only picked flowers for mischief.
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