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Characters like Cathy exist at the heart of romance and Gothic novels. In these genres, the young woman whose life forms the narrative must undergo a ritual testing of her resilience and strength before she is rewarded with her freedom from the forces that oppress her throughout the novel. A common feature of the test is the confrontation with the other woman, who seeks to deprive the heroine of comfort and fulfillment, beauty, and even life. In the role of other woman is Corrine: glamorous, irresponsible, overtly sexual, and experienced in the ways of the world.
C. Andrews HISTORY OF THE GENRE Literary historians generally agree that the first true Gothic novel was Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (1764), which chronicles the persecution of the heroine, Isabella, by Prince Manfred and his son Conrad before the two men are finally killed and Isabella is united with Theodore, her true love. Because Walpole set his story in a mouldering medieval castle—encrusted with flying buttresses, crowned with towers, full of dark stairways and underground crypts and hidden doors—the genre that he popularized came to be described as Gothic in homage to the architectural style of the castle.
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