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Written by Elena
(3/30/2003 5:12 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: The Negative Narrator, penned by Cheryl
] I found it fascinating then, that when Henry Tilney is introduced, there is not a single negative to describe him! He is tall, has a pleasing countenance, good address, is intellegent, with lively eyes!
There is one endearing negative - Henry Tilney,"if not quite handsome, was very near it". JA stops using novels as reference for comparison, but HT is at once shown to be the same as her non-heroine - a character from life. I'm afraid I forgot how it was to read NA for the first time, but shouldn't the naivest reader understand at once that here is a true pair?
] Was JA as enamored of him as we are? ;-)
I'll leave the question why we love Henry till later, when there will be more matter for decision, but we (and this naive first-time reader) can like him at once: here is a character who is in perfect harmony with his author! Henry's barbs about journals, assumed astonishment and the whole of his conversation are in the same tune that the previous chapters of NA.
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