February 24th, 2013

Golden Hair

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The proof positive that parody can outlive the thing parodied -- there are books that our heroine and her friend discuss that were thought to be Austen's inventions for a long time.  It sets the tone perfectly in the opening, where we are gravely introduced to Catherine, with the narrator exclaiming in surprise over every condition and attribute that does not match the life of a Gothic heroine, starting with her mother's inexplicable failure to die in childbirth.

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