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Written by Cheryl
(4/5/2003 1:00 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR--Parenthood, JA Style--The Morlands, penned by Tori Marie
I do, indeed! ;-)
] (I think it's interesting how what Catherine has "learned" from novels and what she has learned at home are both so much a part of her character--she's a complex creation all right!)
This is interesting, as Catherine is usually considered the "simplest" of JA's heorines. Simple as in basic, straightforward, which would seem the opposite of complex. But then no JA character is really very simply drawn, are they?
] In short, IMO they're easily the most trusting, unconcerned parents who also cared very deeply for their children.
They remind me of something said of another set of JA parents, whose son said that "I was given good principles, but left to follow them in pride and conceit." I see a similar pattern here, that the Morlands taught Catherine good principles and then left her to follow them. I do not think, however, that Catherine will choose to do with them as the other character did. ;-)
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