1. I second the Isabel Archer vote. We are told that everyone around her finds her wonderful. Why? Why? She’s cute; she never finishes reading anything. Get out of the world inside your head, babe.

2. Fanny Price, in Mansfied Park: Straighten your spine. Speak up. Stop being such a wincing ninny. Tell Anne Elliott in Persuasion the same thing. And by the way, Henry Crawford is a much better catch than bleating, humorless Edmund.

3. Anyone who ever showed up in a Hemingway novel.