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Young pretty heroine, likeable but flawed, often wise beyond yearsAgeHis ageSiblingsClass versus heroNature of parent (bad, absent etc)The handsome cad/ charming manThe unwanted proposalErrors correctedHe's known or related to family (genetically or geographically close)Rival for hero's affections
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Northanger AbbeyCatherine Morland17 (18 by the end)25 (26 at the end and a year is said to have passed)yes - James at Oxford who links her to wider community (Isabella, John Thorpe etc). Also two 'surrogate' sisters - eleanor tilney (good) and isabella (bad)He is richerHers are loving enough. His (General Tilney) bad.Captain Tilney fulfils this role. Flirting with Isabella. For Catherine, there is nobody like this. Also Henry has some of these characteristics... at first the hero here appears more like a villainJohn ThorpeYes - her Gothic folliesNoNo - but forbidden by father (after initially being encouraged)
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Sense and SensibilityElinor Dashwood19unclear. oldest son. maybe late 20s?MarianneHe is from a significantly richer family. His mother disapproves of his attachment.Dead (father), Silly and gushing (mother)None for Elinor, just Willoughby for MarianneNone. But everyone keeps mistakenly thinking she will marry BrandonMore misunderstandings than errors - and Edward's former attachmentYes - brother of her brother's wife (Mrs John Dashwood's brother).Lucy Steele - preys on Edward and extracted youthful engagement before switching to his brother
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Sense and SensibilityMarianne Dashwood16Brandon is 36ElinorHe is (slightly) higher classDead (father), Silly and gushing (mother)Willoughby (has already seduced and abandoned Eliza Brandon, then marries for money)NoYes - her 'passion', spontaneityYes - friend of neighbours (Middletons)The woman Willoughby marries for her money. Though Brandon really hero and his attachment is youthful one for Eliza's mother
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Pride and PrejudiceElizabeth Bennet20 ('I am not one-and-twenty')late 20s, early 30sJane, Lydia et al (all sisters). Close to Jane not to othersShe is middle class but not rich at all. He is richer.Bad (mother), detached (father)Wickham - seduces Darcy's sister, then aims at ElizabethMr CollinsYes - her free-spiritednessDarcy lives nearby. Best friend of Jane's husband-to-beDe Bourgh's niece. Maybe Bingley's sister(s)?
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Pride and PrejudiceJane Bennet22 ('She is almost three and twenty')unclear Elizabeth and Lydia, Mary et al.She is middle class but not rich at all. He is richer.Bad (mother), detached (father)No cads attempt to seduce JaneNot for JaneNoneYes - lives nearbyNone
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PersuasionAnne Elliot27unclearyes - her sisters are awful though, Elizabeth the snob and Mary the selfish hypochondriacHe was lower class than her, and technically still is, but now has money and is seen as a catchTerrible (Mr Elliot), the worst in all of her booksMr Elliot, Anne's cousinMr ElliotYes, she was too 'easily persuaded' and must assert what she wants.Yes - and Mrs Croft's brother (Crofts are the new tenants)Yes - Louisa Musgrove
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Mansfield ParkFannywhole course of her early life. Start at 10 but she is 18 for most of the bookunclearHer brother William and (in Portsmouth) younger sister Susan and others.She is dependentAwful Lady Bertram, awful Mrs Price, Mr Bertram is also poor (forcing her to consider Henry's proposal etc). Mrs Norris too -as surrogate parent.Henry CrawfordHenry CrawfordNo - though maybe learns (some) assertionCousinYes- Mary Crawford
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EmmaEmma 21 (Knightley 'I was sixteen years old when you were born')37-8Yes Isabella but don't really get on - Mrs Weston described as more like a sisterBoth rich, more or less equalsHypochondriac and selfish - Mr Woodhouse. Mother is dead.Frank ChurchillMr EltonYes - reproaches herself for her blindness. Match making is all pretty disastrous. He's their neighbour (and has been all his life), plus he is the brother of Emma's brother-in-lawFor Frank C (Jane F), for Knightley (first she thinks it's Jane, then Harriet says she likes him) - but in reality Knightley has never liked anyone else
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The WatsonsEmma Watson??Howard - it is mentioned 'a little more than thirty'yes - four sisters, two brothers. Elizabeth is 'best' of sisters (though not great). All seem to be husband huntersYes - she is poor compared to Osborne, Howard etc.Mr Watson is widower and invalid (was to die in course of novel)Tom Musgravewas to be Lord Osborne
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SanditonCharlotte Heywooda very pleasing young woman of two and twenty'n/a yes- don't featuredependent - one of these 'adopted' types - taken in by ParkersSeem pleasant but happy to give Charlotte to ParkersSir Edward (modelling himself on Lovelace?)
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