But isn't that part of what JA was trying to get across?
Posted by SandyW on September 20, 1998 at 18:01:34:
In response to Udolpho and NA, written by Constanza on September 14, 1998 at 08:52:54
] I liked it also, but I found it rather amusing that Catherine Moorland should use it as a reference guide in geographical and historical matters when the novel has so many inaccuracies.
IMHO I don't think JA intended Catherine to be a normal Gothic heroine. The only time she had to do anything "heroic" was close to the end of the book, with the possible exception of exploring the room of Mrs. Tilney. She was totally ignorant of a great many things - which would include not knowing that the geographical and historical matters in the novel were inaccurate.
Personally, I've read some gothic novels and this one just doesn't fit the mold. I was surprised that it was even considered one.
Perhaps - IMHO - NA should be titled Catherine Grows Up.
Please, don't misunderstand me in that this is NOT my least favorite of JA's novels. I just have difficulty understanding why it's classified as Gothic. I suspect as I read more about JA herself this may become more apparent.
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