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Written by Karen G
(3/13/2009 9:38 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Bluestocking, penned by Julia Catherine
When JA puts herself in the role of omniscient narrator here in NA writing something about two classes of men, one who like women as stupid, the other who merely likes them ignorant, and then have your post fill in how JA portrays uses this topic with other "heroes" in her other novels helps bring perspective to it. I think I have struggled with Catherine as a "heroine" because she seems to fall into one of these categories. I personally would want to be neither ignorant or stupid just to attract a man, and so I do not relate well to Catherine as a result, I think. But I am seeing in this read that she is "heroic" rather in spite of her ignorance (ignorance of particular things, which is not unusual at the age of 17 in a society that doesn't encourage higher education for women in general, and with a mother who had 9 other of her siblings to worry about teaching.) Her virtues of refreshing honesty with an attitude of giving everyone the benefit of the doubt and thinking well of people are winners.
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