<Edition>The Novels of Jane Austen, R. W. Chapman, ed. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1926</Edition>
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No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her
infancy, would have supposed her born to be an heroine.
Her situation in life, the character of her father and
mother, her own person and disposition, were all equally
against her. Her father was a clergyman, without being
neglected, or poor, and a very respectable man, though
his name was Richard -- and he had never been handsome.
He had a considerable independence, besides two good
livings -- and he was not in the least addicted to locking
up his daughters. Her mother was a woman of useful
plain sense, with a good temper, and, what is more
remarkable, with a good constitution. She had three
sons before Catherine . . .