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Written by CarolTS
(3/4/2009 12:05 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What a wonderful study in contrast, penned by TimLee
I have to agree with Tim and Robbin! That's an awesome line of thought you've brought to the board! I have never - in the many times I've read this book - considered Isabella as a typical Gothic heroine. She and her family do seem to fall directly into all the areas that the narrator directly states that Catherine fails in heroine-wise.
And yet - our initial impression of Isabella is not someone filled with every virtue (as it is with Gothic heroines). Is she (JA) trying to say that just because you have these circumstances in your life - that doesn't actually catapult you into virtuous behavior?
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