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.--Indeed we would, for certain causes, advise those of our male readers who have any hearts, to read no farther, were we not well assured, that how amiable soever the picture of our heroine
will appear, as it is really a copy from nature, many of our fair countrywomen will be found worthy to satisfy any passion, and to answer any idea of female perfection which our pencil will be able to raise.
But from fifteen to seventeen she was in training for a heroine; she read all such works as heroines must read to supply their memories with those quotations which are so serviceable and so soothing in the vicissitudes of their eventful lives.
But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her.
Here was a new source of pleasure to our heroine: Antonio was already on the wing for the city, perhaps arrived--nay, might have seen her, might even now be within a short distance of the summer-house where she was sitting at the time, and watching her movements.
Although these were not the terms that our heroine would have used herself in speaking of this personage, yet she thought they plainly indicated his superiority, and she waited in feverish suspense to hear more.
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.
At the close of the "Shield" Heracles goes on to Trachis to the house of Ceyx, and this warning suggests that the "Marriage of Ceyx" may have come immediately after the `Or such as was' of Alcmena in the "Eoiae": possibly Halcyone, the wife of Ceyx, was one of the heroines
sung in the poem, and the original section was `developed' into the "Marriage", although what form the poem took is unknown.
Rachel Lynde would probably think she was the heroine
They all consist of series of letters, which constitute the correspondence between some of the principal characters, the great majority being written in each case by the heroine
. This method of telling a story requires special concessions from the reader; but even more than the other first-personal method, exemplified in 'Robinson Crusoe,' it has the great advantage of giving the most intimate possible revelation of the imaginary writer's mind and situation.
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.
The little ones all love Dorothy, and as one of my small friends aptly states: "It isn't a real Oz story without her." So here she is again, as sweet and gentle and innocent as ever, I hope, and the heroine
of another strange adventure.