No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine.
But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her.
This, again, as we know from fragments, was a list of heroines who bare children to the gods: from the title we must suppose it to have been much longer that the simple "Eoiae", but its extent is unknown.
Each succeeding heroine was then introduced by the formula `Or such as was.
The substance of his books consists chiefly of the sufferings of his heroines under ingeniously harrowing persecution at the hands of remorseless scoundrels.
These 'Gothic' stories are nominally located in the Middle Ages, but their main object is not to give an accurate picture of medieval life, but to arouse terror in the reader, by means of a fantastic apparatus of gloomy castles, somber villains, distressed and sentimental heroines, and supernatural mystery.
Our intention, in short, is to introduce our heroine
with the utmost solemnity in our power, with an elevation of stile, and all other circumstances proper to raise the veneration of our reader.
At each turn of the walk our heroine
threw a timid eye around in quest of an unknown figure, and more than once fancied she saw the face of the god of music peering at her from the friendly covert of her aunt's shrubbery--and twice she mistook the light green of a neighbouring cornfield, waving in the wind, for the coat of Antonio.
She wondered if the culture and refinement she had seen imitated, perhaps grotesquely, by the heroine
on the stage, could be acquired by a girl who lived in a tenement house and worked in a shirt factory.
After a lapse of half a century, he is writing this paragraph with a pain that would induce him to cancel it, were it not still more painful to have it believed that one whom he regarded with a reverence that surpassed the love of a brother was converted by him into the heroine
of a work of fiction.
If this heroine
hadn't died there wouldn't have been any story.
So here she is again, as sweet and gentle and innocent as ever, I hope, and the heroine
of another strange adventure.