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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.