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Written by Emmeline
(8/10/2003 10:19 a.m.)
'The contrast of two sisters, one full of trembling sensibility, the other more governed by claims of reason, is common to sentimental and Gothic fiction. The heroines of Sophia Lee's The Recess, Matilda and Elinor, are one such pair, as are the cousins, Julie and Claire, in Rousseau's Julie; ou, La Nouvelle Heloise (1761). Julie is a likely source for Julia's name as Radcliffe was an admirer of Rousseau, using Emile; or, De l'Education extensively for the alpine sections of The Romance of the Forest. It has often been suggested that Radcliffe's Sicilian sisters form a model for the Dashwood pair in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, in which Marianne's excess of sensibility and Elinor's good sense are demonstrated by their separate devotion to the different arts of music and drawing.'
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