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|I think it's intentional
Written by LouAnn
(12/26/2012 2:02 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A touchy question concerning "adorable" Catherine...., penned by jeffrey
I think JA meant to describe Catherine the way she did. She starts as a Gothic 'anti-heroine.' JA is playing with the conventions of the time. Instead of being beautiful and delicate and noted for her extraordinary 'everything' from birth, as she would have been if she were the heroine of a Gothic novel, she's a normal girl. She goes through her tomboy phase and an awkward adolescence, but improves to 'almost pretty.'
I think her attraction is her fresh country-girl innocence, and the fact that, not growing up being called a beauty, she doesn't have any idea that she could be as attractive as she is.
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