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|I htink you are "misreading" these...LOL!
Written by Caroline
(3/31/2003 9:43 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: I wonder who that was?, penned by Siobhan
Standard Gothic suspense technique.
Can see shades of Shakespeaere in this- Romeo and Juliet, for example. But also standard romance- it happens at the beginning of The Monk -falling in love accross a crowded room.
] In Chapter 6, Isabella says that she saw a young man look at Catherine with love.
And just how many books has Isabella been reading? ;-)
This brief account of the family is intended to supersede the necessity of a long and minute detail from Mrs. Thorpe herself, of her past adventures and sufferings,(snip)
A standard technique of early novels- to have a "break-out section" filling in the lives of recently introduced characters. Don Quixote did it, Chaucer did it, It's in The Monk too.
I am sure that it's not so much a comment upon Mrs Thorpe's life as another dig at novel-writing that tries to be moralistic.
] So what could the mysterious adventures and sufferings be in reference to?
All part of the Gothic parody! I don't know if it's funnier if you take it seriously or if you do not..either way, JA is really clever!
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