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|GR: Vintage JA
Written by Cheryl
(4/23/2003 9:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: The real gothic story, penned by Siobhan
This is great, Siobhan, thanks!
This is so typical of Jane Austen, isn't it? The heroines of her books are not necessarily the characters with the most dramatic story. We could make the argument that Jane Fairfax, Lydia Bennet, Louisa Musgrove, and Maria Bertram are the kinds of heroines a Radcliffe would have written of. (I leave out an S&S heroine, as I think Marianne does have the most dramatic storyline, though she is only a co-heroine. ;-) These ladies' stories are full of tragic illness, poverty, star-crossed love, secret engagements, elopements, etc. The stuff of Gothic Heroines.
But JA chooses instead fairly ordinary women, in ordinary situations and writes extraordinary stories for them. Part of her genius, I think, is in not focusing on the obvious heroine. ;-)
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