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Written by Anselm
(3/5/2009 10:26 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Wow!, penned by CarolTS
One heroic quality is, I guess, consistency. Jane Austen seems to set Isabella's situation up to be heroic, but her actual description is that of a flighty, silly girl. Her first words, in reply to Catherine's apology for her lateness and her hope that Isabella hasn't been waiting long, are:
"Oh! These ten ages at least. I am sure I have been here this half hour". [Chapter 4]
And the chapter finishes:
"...to show the independence of Miss Thorpe, and her resolution of humbling the [male] sex, they set off immediately as fast as they could walk, in pursuit of the two young men."
This isn't the stuff of heroism, or even of heroinism! Her constant use of superlatives and hyperbole (a hundred, agonies, the prettiest hat you can imagine - and that's just in her first paragraph!) are also quite the opposite of the strong, silent understatement you imagine from your Arnold Schwarzenegger or Sylvester Stallone types.
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