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|FOCUS: What Catherine Read --from Ch. 8-12
Written by Adrian
(3/8/2009 12:15 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I would like to keep an eye on what Catherine read..., penned by Adrian
Nothing more than a passing reference to the Udolpho reading at the end of Chapter 7.
From Ch. 9
While waiting to go to the pump room, Catherine “sat quietly down to her book after breakfast, resolving to remain in the same place and the same employment till the clock struck one….” (Of course she was interrupted at 12:30 by Thorpe’s arrival.) Presumably the book was still Udolpho (since she was only up to the black veil the day before), but we do not know.
From Ch. 10
Although Catherine did not read it herself, her great aunt had read her a lecture about dress being a frivolous distinction. “Catherine knew all this very well; her great aunt had read her a lecture on the subject only the Christmas before.” (Of course, in all likelihood, Catherine’s “knowing this all very well” is the narrator’s hyperbole again.)
From Ch. 11
While waiting for the rain to stop, Catherine makes a reference to Udolpho, “Oh! That we had such weather here as they had at Udolpho, or at least in Tuscany and the south of France!-- the night that poor St. Aubin died!-- such beautiful weather!” Since the reference is to a point in the book well before the black veil incident, this gives no clue to Catherine’s further progress through the book.
From Ch. 12
Although not a novel, Catherine is at least familiar enough with the play at the theater (or its reputation) to wish to see it.
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