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|Not to stray too far from NA....
Written by Amymarie
(3/2/2009 5:51 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Photographic negative., penned by Graciela
.....In the early chapters, Austen describes how Catherine seems unlikely to be born a heroine. She (Austen) addresses all the reader's presumptions about what a heroine "should" be like. As you say, these include qualities such as that she should be proficient in drawing, like gathering flowers, be stunningly beautiful, and so on.
But I think Austen is addressing stereotypes and perceptions of the novels, rather than the novels themselves. Like gothic heroines, Catherine has much to learn, to struggle to overcome her faults! I shall write more as the group read progresses to outline the parallels I believe I see.
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