Some general similarities, surely...
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Posted by Greg on January 09, 1998 at 21:14:36:
In response to Catherine Morland... in Emma?, written by Hilary on January 09, 1998 at 17:51:38
...Does anyone else think that the personalities of Catherine Morland and Harriet Smith are at all similar? I know that they were both raised very differently... but if their "positions" in life had been the same, is it possible that they would've acted a lot like each other? I'd be interested in hearing anyone's thoughts...
Both are open, innocent, and pliable. I suspect they both might guess that Mr. Elton's riddle was about sharks(note Cathy's, uh, learning disabilities). Both are romantic, and, of course, they both find themselves somewhat the protege of an influential friend. One difference may be in their physical appearance: Harriet had natural beauty, whereas Catherine was "as plain as any" until "appearances were mending" at age 15. Another similarity: they're both among the most beloved fictional characters ever created! As a bachelor, I think I might be in danger of falling seriously for one of these gals, and then regret it later when we couldn't find anything to talk about. Then again, don't we believe that Henry and Cathy lived happily ever after? If so, it may be because the woman turns out to be smarter than the man thought(or HE turns out to be dumber than he thought)!
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