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Not so Anna Maria Bunn's (1808-99) The Guardian: A Tale by an Australian (1838), the first novel printed and published in mainland Australia (Quintus Servington was a Tasmanian text) and the first by a woman. Though a Gothic romance, The Guardian manages to display impatience with this aspect of the story, so that it shifts into a range of modes, from the epistolary tale to the Comedy of Manners. Indeed, Bunn seems to hold the not uncommon view that the Gothic is somehow beneath contempt and frivolous, so that she is careful to justify its use as reflecting the immorality of her characters and their situation.

Catherine admits that her extra-marital love is a sublime, transcendent passion, while her marital love is spiritually impotent. Somewhat more conventionally, she pays for this admission with her life. HORACE WALPOLE said that in The Castle of Otranto he had attempted to 'juxtapose naturalism with romantic elements'. It can be said that the Brontes far surpassed him in this ambition. The melodrama of Jane Eyre is counterpointed by scenes of piercing realism, such as those at Lowood School, where the helpless girls are subjected to sadistic attacks by the headmaster.

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