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Although the novel was published anonymously, descriptions like this might have alerted the astute reader to the fact that the author was a woman. Not that a man could not have thought of such phrasing, but it is simply true that we might look far and wide around contemporary novels before finding a man who actually would employ such a term in like circumstances. The fact that Walton prizes "undaunted courage" (Letter 2.1) may look like a stereotyped masculinist attitude, but combining it with an emphasis on gentleness of disposition shifts the accent considerably.