the first sentence
Posted by Kate on December 28, 1997 at 09:31:52:
I am enjoying NA so much better this time than the last time I read it when I didn't really like it.
The narratorial voice is so strong in this - and so ironic. She seems to be laughing with us all the time, and making us see what is funny about what is meant to be normal or at least commonly accepted.
Like P&P, the first line seems to set the whole tone for the book
"No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her born to be an herione"
(BTW one of my books points out that this is the only time JA uses "an" in front of herione - maybe making the reader articulate the word even more?)
And the next long paragraph is such a tongue in cheek critique of gothic fiction and how a herione is expected to have lived... and how poor Catherine fails to live up to the ideal.
Yet we know from the beginning that she's meant to be a herione, all the same.
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