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|Elinor, real gothic heroine
Written by Robbin
(3/25/2009 10:52 p.m.)
There was some discussion about Elinor having much of the heroine about her previously and I think her ending reinforces that idea. Elinor had met one amiable youth who called forth her sensibility in the past and inspired real passion herself. Her future husband finds out he is nobility and it made me think of Ch. 1 and Catherine’s lack of a lover—especially one of unknown origin. (;D)
At present she [Catherine] did not know her own poverty, for she had no lover to portray. She had reached the age of seventeen, without having seen one amiable youth who could call forth her sensibility, without having inspired one real passion, and without having excited even any admiration but what was very moderate and very transient. This was strange indeed! But strange things may be generally accounted for if their cause be fairly searched out. There was not one lord in the neighbourhood; no — not even a baronet. There was not one family among their acquaintance who had reared and supported a boy accidentally found at their door — not one young man whose origin was unknown. Her father had no ward, and the squire of the parish no children. (Ch. 31)
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