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|But it was not considered good...
Written by Emmeline
(3/3/2009 6:25 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, But that *is* the point., penned by Reeba
In Udolpho, her father tells her 'Above all, my dear Emily do not indulge in the pride of fine feeling, the romantic error of amiable minds. Those who really possess sensibility, ought early to be taught, that it is a dangerous quality...we become the victims ouf our feelings, unless we can in some degree command them.' [Volume I, chapter VII]
Later when Emily was feeling too much, she sometimes remembers her father's words, and does try to control herself.
And in Signora Laurentini's words: 'beware of the first indulgence of the passions; beware of the first! Their course, if not checked then, is rapid - their force is uncontroulable - the lead us we know not whither...Unhappy they who have never been taught the art to govern them!' [Volume IV, chapter XVI]
Although Radcliffe's heroines does possess sensibility, she does not say excessive indulgence in them is good.
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