Each succeeding heroine
was then introduced by the formula `Or such as was.
One might have thought that all would now be well, but no sooner had Lagree been put to fight than our heroine
was overwhelmed with hunger and thirst.
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.
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.
Rachel Lynde would probably think she was the heroine
You accept as perfectly legitimate the author's account of the secret thoughts of the heroine
, and yet all the time you know that the heroine
was alone when thinking these thoughts, and that neither the author nor any one else was capable of hearing them.
The girl was no taller than Dorothy, although more slender; nor did she seem any older than our little heroine
Evenings during the week he took her to see plays in which the brain-clutching heroine
was rescued from the palatial home of her guardian, who is cruelly after her bonds, by the hero with the beautiful sentiments.
As the first part of "An Old-Fashioned Girl" was written in 1869, the demand for a sequel, in beseeching little letters that made refusal impossible, rendered it necessary to carry my heroine
boldly forward some six or seven years into the future.
A week later John took me to the house of his prospective father-in- law, and in Miss Margovan, as you have already surmised, but to my profound astonishment, I recognized the heroine
of that discreditable adventure.
But now we use it to mean any story of strange and wonderful adventures, especially when the most thrilling adventures happen to the hero and heroine
I would not be understood to suppose that the proceedings of the unhappy scapegrace, with his few profligate companions I have here introduced, are a specimen of the common practices of society - the case is an extreme one, as I trusted none would fail to perceive; but I know that such characters do exist, and if I have warned one rash youth from following in their steps, or prevented one thoughtless girl from falling into the very natural error of my heroine
, the book has not been written in vain.
But this being the intended heroine
of this work, a lady with whom we ourselves are greatly in love, and with whom many of our readers will probably be in love too, before we part, it is by no means proper she should make her appearance at the end of a book.
As she is not a heroine
, there is no need to describe her person; indeed I am afraid that her nose was rather short than otherwise, and her cheeks a great deal too round and red for a heroine
; but her face blushed with rosy health, and her lips with the freshest of smiles, and she had a pair of eyes which sparkled with the brightest and honestest good-humour, except indeed when they filled with tears, and that was a great deal too often; for the silly thing would cry over a dead canary-bird; or over a mouse, that the cat haply had seized upon; or over the end of a novel, were it ever so stupid; and as for saying an unkind word to her, were any persons hard-hearted enough to do so--why, so much the worse for them.
If she read that the heroine
of the novel was nursing a sick man, she longed to move with noiseless steps about the room of a sick man; if she read of a member of Parliament making a speech, she longed to be delivering the speech; if she read of how Lady Mary had ridden after the hounds, and had provoked her sister-in-law, and had surprised everyone by her boldness, she too wished to be doing the same.