Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Catherine Morland Character Analysis

A seventeen-year-old raised in a rural parsonage with nine brothers and sisters, Catherine Morland is open, honest, and naïve about the hypocritical ways of society. Her family is neither rich nor poor, and she is unaware of how much stock many people put in wealth and rank. Catherine was a plain little girl, and her parents never expected very much from her, though she has grown more attractive as she has entered her late teens. Catherine loves novels, but has not read many because not many new books are available in the out-of-the-way town where she was raised. She is especially obsessed by Gothic novels set in castles and abandoned abbeys, and hopes to experience some of the thrills portrayed in these novels herself. At the start of the novel, she has very little experience judging people’s characters or intentions, and does not trust her own intuition. When she is taken to the holiday town of Bath by the Allens, wealthy friends of her family, and meets the Tilneys and Thorpes, she begins to learn the ways of the world. Over the course of the novel, she proves herself capable of learning from the experiences she has throughout the novel, even as she maintains her honesty, goodness, and loyalty to those whom she loves.

Catherine Morland Quotes in Northanger Abbey

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Volume 1, Chapter 1 Quotes

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.

Related Characters: Narrator (speaker), Catherine Morland
Page Number: 15
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Volume 1, Chapter 2 Quotes

When the hour of departure drew near, the maternal anxiety of Mrs. Morland will be naturally supposed to be most severe. A thousand alarming presentiments of evil to her beloved Catherine from this terrific separation must oppress her heart with sadness, and drown her in tears for the last day or two of their being together; and advice of the most important and applicable nature must of course flow from her wise lips in their parting conference in her closet. Cautions against the violence of such noblemen and baronets as delight in forcing young ladies away to some remote farm-house, must, at such a moment, relieve the fulness of her heart. Who would not think so? But Mrs. Morland knew so little of lords and baronets, that she entertained no notion of their general mischievousness, and was wholly unsuspicious of danger to her daughter from their machinations.

Related Characters: Narrator (speaker), Catherine Morland, Mrs. Morland
Page Number: 19
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Volume 1, Chapter 4 Quotes

Miss Thorpe, however, being four years older than Miss Morland, and at least four years better informed, had a very decided advantage in discussing such points; she could compare the balls of Bath with those of Tunbridge; its fashions with the fashions of London; could rectify the opinions of her new friend in many articles of tasteful attire; could discover a flirtation between any gentleman and lady who only smiled on each other; and point out a quiz through the thickness of a crowd. These powers received due admiration from Catherine, to whom they were entirely new; and the respect which they naturally inspired might have been too great for familiarity, had not the easy gaiety of Miss Thorpe's manners, and her frequent expressions of delight on this acquaintance with her, softened down every feeling of awe, and left nothing but tender affection.

Related Characters: Catherine Morland, Isabella Thorpe
Related Symbols: Clothing
Page Number: 32
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Volume 1, Chapter 5 Quotes

Isabella was very sure that he must be a charming young man and was equally sure that he must have been delighted with her dear Catherine, and would therefore shortly return. She liked him the better for being a clergyman, “for she must confess herself very partial to the profession” and something like a sigh escaped her as she said it. Perhaps Catherine was wrong in not demanding the cause of that gentle emotion—but she was not experienced enough in the finesse of love, or the duties of friendship, to know when delicate raillery was properly called for, or when a confidence should be forced.

Page Number: 35
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Volume 1, Chapter 7 Quotes

These manners did not please Catherine; but he was James's friend and Isabella's brother; and her judgment was further bought off by Isabella's assuring her, when they withdrew to see the new hat, that John thought her the most charming girl in the world, and by John's engaging her before they parted to dance with him that evening. Had she been older or vainer, such attacks might have done little; but, where youth and diffidence are united, it requires uncommon steadiness of reason to resist the attraction of being called the most charming girl in the world, and of being so very early engaged as a partner; and the consequence was, that, when the two Morlands, after sitting an hour with the Thorpes, set off to walk together to Mr. Allen's, and James, as the door was closed on them, said, “Well, Catherine, how do you like my friend Thorpe?” instead of answering, as she probably would have done, had there been no friendship and no flattery in the case, “I do not like him at all;” she directly replied, “I like him very much; he seems very agreeable.”

Page Number: 48
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Volume 1, Chapter 8 Quotes

She could not help being vexed at the non-appearance of Mr. Thorpe, for she not only longed to be dancing, but was likewise aware that, as the real dignity of her situation could not be known, she was sharing with the scores of other young ladies still sitting down all the discredit of wanting a partner. To be disgraced in the eye of the world, to wear the appearance of infamy while her heart is all purity, her actions all innocence, and the misconduct of another the true source of her debasement, is one of those circumstances which peculiarly belong to the heroine's life, and her fortitude under it what particularly dignifies her character. Catherine had fortitude too; she suffered, but no murmur passed her lips.

Related Characters: Narrator (speaker), Catherine Morland, John Thorpe
Page Number: 52
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Volume 1, Chapter 9 Quotes

Catherine listened with astonishment; she knew not how to reconcile two such very different accounts of the same thing; for she had not been brought up to understand the propensities of a rattle, nor to know to how many idle assertions and impudent falsehoods the excess of vanity will lead. Her own family were plain matter-of-fact people, who seldom aimed at wit of any kind; her father, at the utmost, being contented with a pun, and her mother with a proverb; they were not in the habit therefore of telling lies to increase their importance, or of asserting at one moment what they would contradict the next.

Related Characters: Catherine Morland, John Thorpe
Page Number: 64
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Volume 1, Chapter 10 Quotes

It would be mortifying to the feelings of many ladies, could they be made to understand how little the heart of man is affected by what is costly or new in their attire; how little it is biassed by the texture of their muslin, and how unsusceptible of peculiar tenderness towards the spotted, the sprigged, the mull or the jackonet. Woman is fine for her own satisfaction alone. No man will admire her the more, no woman will like her the better for it. Neatness and fashion are enough for the former, and a something of shabbiness or impropriety will be most endearing to the latter.—But not one of these grave reflections troubled the tranquillity of Catherine.

Related Characters: Narrator (speaker), Catherine Morland
Related Symbols: Clothing
Page Number: 71-72
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“You will allow, that in both, man has the advantage of choice, woman only the power of refusal; that in both, it is an engagement between man and woman, formed for the advantage of each; and that when once entered into, they belong exclusively to each other till the moment of its dissolution; that it is their duty, each to endeavour to give the other no cause for wishing that he or she had bestowed themselves elsewhere, and their best interest to keep their own imaginations from wandering towards the perfections of their neighbours, or fancying that they should have been better off with any one else.”

Related Characters: Henry Tilney (Mr. Tilney) (speaker), Catherine Morland, John Thorpe
Page Number: 74
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Volume 1, Chapter 13 Quotes

It was painful to her to disappoint and displease them, particularly to displease her brother; but she could not repent her resistance. Setting her own inclination apart, to have failed a second time in her engagement to Miss Tilney, to have retracted a promise voluntarily made only five minutes before, and on a false pretence too, must have been wrong. She had not been withstanding them on selfish principles alone, she had not consulted merely her own satisfaction; that might have been ensured in some degree by the excursion itself, by seeing Blaize Castle; no, she had attended to what was due to others, and to her own character in their opinion.

Page Number: 97
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Volume 1, Chapter 14 Quotes

But Catherine did not know her own advantages—did not know that a good-looking girl, with an affectionate heart and a very ignorant mind, cannot fail of attracting a clever young man, unless circumstances are particularly untoward. In the present instance, she confessed and lamented her want of knowledge; declared that she would give any thing in the world to be able to draw; and a lecture on the picturesque immediately followed, in which his instructions were so clear that she soon began to see beauty in every thing admired by him, and her attention was so earnest, that he became perfectly satisfied of her having a great deal of natural taste.

Related Characters: Narrator (speaker), Catherine Morland, Henry Tilney (Mr. Tilney)
Page Number: 106-107
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Volume 1, Chapter 15 Quotes

“Morland says exactly the same,” replied Isabella; “and yet I dare not expect it; my fortune will be so small; they never can consent to it. Your brother, who might marry any body!”
Here Catherine again discerned the force of love. “Indeed, Isabella, you are too humble.—The difference of fortune can be nothing to signify.”
“Oh! my sweet Catherine, in your generous heart I know it would signify nothing; but we must not expect such disinterestedness in many. As for myself, I am sure I only wish our situations were reversed. Had I the command of millions, were I mistress of the whole world, your brother would be my only choice.”
This charming sentiment, recommended as much by sense as novelty, gave Catherine a most pleasing remembrance of all the heroines of her acquaintance; and she thought her friend never looked more lovely than in uttering the grand idea.

Related Characters: Catherine Morland (speaker), Isabella Thorpe (speaker), James Morland
Page Number: 114
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Volume 2, Chapter 1 Quotes

“It is not on my own account I wish for more; but I cannot bear to be the means of injuring my dear Morland, making him sit down upon an income hardly enough to find one in the common necessaries of life. For myself, it is nothing; I never think of myself.”
“I know you never do, my dear; and you will always find your reward in the affection it makes every body feel for you. There never was a young woman so beloved as you are by every body that knows you; and I dare say when Mr. Morland sees you, my dear child—but do not let us distress our dear Catherine by talking of such things. Mr. Morland has behaved so very handsome you know. I always heard he was a most excellent man; and you know, my dear, we are not to suppose but what, if you had had a suitable fortune, he would have come down with something more, for I am sure he must be a most liberal-minded man.”
“Nobody can think better of Mr. Morland than I do, I am sure. But every body has their failing you know, and every body has a right to do what they like with their own money.” Catherine was hurt by these insinuations. “I am very sure” said she, “that my father has promised to do as much as he can afford.”

Related Characters: Catherine Morland (speaker), Isabella Thorpe (speaker), Mrs. Thorpe (speaker), James Morland, Mr. Morland
Page Number: 129
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Volume 2, Chapter 2 Quotes

“'Well, proceed by all means. I know how much your heart is in it. My daughter, Miss Morland,” he continued, without leaving his daughter time to speak, “has been forming a very bold wish. We leave Bath, as she has perhaps told you, on Saturday se'nnight. A letter from my steward tells me that my presence is wanted at home; and being disappointed in my hope of seeing the Marquis of Longtown and General Courteney here, some of my very old friends, there is nothing to detain me longer in Bath. And could we carry our selfish point with you, we should leave it without a single regret. Can you, in short, be prevailed on to quit this scene of public triumph and oblige your friend Eleanor with your company in Gloucestershire? I am almost ashamed to make the request, though its presumption would certainly appear greater to every creature in Bath than yourself. Modesty such as yours—but not for the world would I pain it by open praise. If you can be induced to honour us with a visit, you will make us happy beyond expression. 'Tis true, we can offer you nothing like the gaieties of this lively place; we can tempt you neither by amusement nor splendour, for our mode of living, as you see, is plain and unpretending; yet no endeavours shall be wanting on our side to make Northanger Abbey not wholly disagreeable.”

Page Number: 132
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Volume 2, Chapter 3 Quotes

“A little harmless flirtation or so will occur, and one is often drawn on to give more encouragement than one wishes to stand by. But you may be assured that I am the last person in the world to judge you severely. All those things should be allowed for in youth and high spirits. What one means one day, you know, one may not mean the next. Circumstances change, opinions alter.”
“But my opinion of your brother never did alter; it was always the same. You are describing what never happened.”
“My dearest Catherine,” continued the other without at all listening to her, “I would not for all the world be the means of hurrying you into an engagement before you knew what you were about. I do not think any thing would justify me in wishing you to sacrifice all your happiness merely to oblige my brother, because he is my brother, and who perhaps after all, you know, might be just as happy without you, for people seldom know what they would be at, young men especially, they are so amazingly changeable and inconstant.”

Page Number: 138
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Volume 2, Chapter 4 Quotes

“My dear Miss Morland,” said Henry, “in this amiable solicitude for your brother's comfort, may you not be a little mistaken? Are you not carried a little too far? Would he thank you, either on his own account or Miss Thorpe's, for supposing that her affection, or at least her good-behaviour, is only to be secured by her seeing nothing of Captain Tilney? Is he safe only in solitude?—or, is her heart constant to him only when unsolicited by any one else?—He cannot think this—and you may be sure that he would not have you think it. I will not say, 'Do not be uneasy' because I know that you are so, at this moment; but be as little uneasy as you can. You have no doubt of the mutual attachment of your brother and your friend; depend upon it therefore, that real jealousy never can exist between them; depend upon it that no disagreement between them can be of any duration. Their hearts are open to each other, as neither heart can be to you; they know exactly what is required and what can be borne; and you may be certain, that one will never tease the other beyond what is known to be pleasant.”

Page Number: 144
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Volume 2, Chapter 8 Quotes

To be kept up for hours, after the family were in bed, by stupid pamphlets, was not very likely. There must be some deeper cause: something was to be done which could be done only while the household slept; and the probability that Mrs. Tilney yet lived, shut up for causes unknown, and receiving from the pitiless hands of her husband a nightly supply of coarse food, was the conclusion which necessarily followed. Shocking as was the idea, it was at least better than a death unfairly hastened, as, in the natural course of things, she must ere long be released. The suddenness of her reputed illness; the absence of her daughter, and probably of her other children, at the time—all favoured the supposition of her imprisonment.—Its origin—jealousy perhaps, or wanton cruelty—was yet to be unravelled.

Page Number: 177
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Volume 2, Chapter 9 Quotes

“If I understand you rightly, you had formed a surmise of such horror as I have hardly words to—Dear Miss Morland, consider the dreadful nature of the suspicions you have entertained. What have you been judging from? Remember the country and the age in which we live. Remember that we are English, that we are Christians. Consult your own understanding, your own sense of the probable, your own observation of what is passing around you—Does our education prepare us for such atrocities? Do our laws connive at them? Could they be perpetrated without being known, in a country like this, where social and literary intercourse is on such a footing; where every man is surrounded by a neighbourhood of voluntary spies, and where roads and newspapers lay every thing open? Dearest Miss Morland, what ideas have you been admitting?”

Page Number: 186
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Volume 2, Chapter 10 Quotes

Charming as were all Mrs. Radcliffe's works, and charming even as were the works of all her imitators, it was not in them perhaps that human nature, at least in the midland counties of England, was to be looked for. Of the Alps and Pyrenees, with their pine forests and their vices, they might give a faithful delineation; and Italy, Switzerland, and the South of France, might be as fruitful in horrors as they were there represented. Catherine dared not doubt beyond her own country, and even of that, if hard pressed, would have yielded the northern and western extremities. But in England it was not so; among the English, she believed, in their hearts and habits, there was a general though unequal mixture of good and bad. Upon this conviction, she would not be surprized if even in Henry and Eleanor Tilney, some slight imperfection might hereafter appear and upon this conviction she need not fear to acknowledge some actual specks in the character of their father, who, though cleared from the grossly injurious suspicions which she must ever blush to have entertained, she did believe, upon serious consideration, to be not perfectly amiable.

Page Number: 188
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Volume 2, Chapter 11 Quotes

He went; and, it being at any time a much simpler operation to Catherine to doubt her own judgment than Henry's, she was very soon obliged to give him credit for being right, however disagreeable to her his going. But the inexplicability of the General's conduct dwelt much on her thoughts. That he was very particular in his eating, she had, by her own unassisted observation, already discovered; but why he should say one thing so positively, and mean another all the while, was most unaccountable! How were people, at that rate, to be understood? Who but Henry could have been aware of what his father was at?

Page Number: 198
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Volume 2, Chapter 12 Quotes

“I am quite uneasy about your dear brother, not having heard from him since he went to Oxford; and am fearful of some misunderstanding. Your kind offices will set all right:—he is the only man I ever did or could love, and I trust you will convince him of it. The spring fashions are partly down; and the hats the most frightful you can imagine. I hope you spend your time pleasantly, but am afraid you never think of me. I will not say all that I could of the family you are with, because I would not be ungenerous, or set you against those you esteem; but it is very difficult to know whom to trust, and young men never know their minds two days together. I rejoice to say, that the young man whom, of all others, I particularly abhor, has left Bath. You will know, from this description, I must mean Captain Tilney, who, as you may remember, was amazingly disposed to follow and tease me, before you went away. Afterwards he got worse, and became quite my shadow. Many girls might have been taken in, for never were such attentions; but I knew the fickle sex too well. He went away to his regiment two days ago, and I trust I shall never be plagued with him again.”

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Page Number: 202-203
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Volume 2, Chapter 13 Quotes

That room, in which her disturbed imagination had tormented her on her first arrival, was again the scene of agitated spirits and unquiet slumbers. Yet how different now the source of her inquietude from what it had been then—how mournfully superior in reality and substance! Her anxiety had foundation in fact, her fears in probability; and with a mind so occupied in the contemplation of actual and natural evil, the solitude of her situation, the darkness of her chamber, the antiquity of the building were felt and considered without the smallest emotion; and though the wind was high, and often produced strange and sudden noises throughout the house, she heard it all as she lay awake, hour after hour, without curiosity or terror.

Related Characters: Catherine Morland
Page Number: 212
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Volume 2, Chapter 14 Quotes

Without suffering any romantic alarm, in the consideration of their daughter's long and lonely journey, Mr. and Mrs. Morland could not but feel that it might have been productive of much unpleasantness to her; that it was what they could never have voluntarily suffered; and that, in forcing her on such a measure, General Tilney had acted neither honourably nor feelingly—neither as a gentleman nor as a parent. Why he had done it, what could have provoked him to such a breach of hospitality, and so suddenly turned all his partial regard for their daughter into actual ill-will, was a matter which they were at least as far from divining as Catherine herself; but it did not oppress them by any means so long; and, after a due course of useless conjecture, that, “it was a strange business, and that he must be a very strange man,” grew enough for all their indignation and wonder; though Sarah indeed still indulged in the sweets of incomprehensibility, exclaiming and conjecturing with youthful ardor.

Page Number: 218-219
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Volume 2, Chapter 15 Quotes

She was assured of his affection; and that heart in return was solicited, which, perhaps, they pretty equally knew was already entirely his own; for, though Henry was now sincerely attached to her, though he felt and delighted in all the excellencies of her character and truly loved her society, I must confess that his affection originated in nothing better than gratitude, or, in other words, that a persuasion of her partiality for him had been the only cause of giving her a serious thought. It is a new circumstance in romance, I acknowledge, and dreadfully derogatory of an heroine's dignity; but if it be as new in common life, the credit of a wild imagination will at least be all my own.

Related Characters: Narrator (speaker), Catherine Morland, Henry Tilney (Mr. Tilney)
Page Number: 227
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The General, accustomed on every ordinary occasion to give the law in his family, prepared for no reluctance but of feeling, no opposing desire that should dare to clothe itself in words, could ill brook the opposition of his son, steady as the sanction of reason and the dictate of conscience could make it. But, in such a cause, his anger, though it must shock, could not intimidate Henry, who was sustained in his purpose by a conviction of its justice. He felt himself bound as much in honour as in affection to Miss Morland, and believing that heart to be his own which he had been directed to gain, no unworthy retraction of a tacit consent, no reversing decree of unjustifiable anger, could shake his fidelity, or influence the resolutions it prompted.

Page Number: 230-231
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Volume 2, Chapter 16 Quotes

To begin perfect happiness at the respective ages of twenty-six and eighteen, is to do pretty well; and professing myself moreover convinced, that the General's unjust interference, so far from being really injurious to their felicity, was perhaps rather conducive to it, by improving their knowledge of each other, and adding strength to their attachment, I leave it to be settled by whomsoever it may concern, whether the tendency of this work be altogether to recommend parental tyranny, or reward filial disobedience.

Page Number: 235
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Catherine Morland Character Timeline in Northanger Abbey

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Volume 1, Chapter 1
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Northanger Abbey begins with a description of its unlikely heroine Catherine Morland as a child. Catherine is the fourth child of ten, and the oldest daughter... (full context)
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By adolescence, Catherine’s appearance is less plain and she begins to have more of an interest in being... (full context)
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Catherine is pleasant-looking, unaffected, affectionate, cheerful, and uninformed. As she prepares for this adventure in the... (full context)
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...so that the reader can guess what kind of dramatic part she will play in Catherine’s story. Mrs. Allen is a good-tempered gentlewoman, but neither beautiful, nor smart, nor accomplished, nor... (full context)
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...arrive late to a ball. It is very crowded and they don’t know anyone there. Catherine wishes to dance and Mrs. Allen wishes aloud repeatedly that Catherine could dance. But the... (full context)
Volume 1, Chapter 3
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Mrs. Allen and Catherine settle into a routine, but no matter how much Mrs. Allen wishes she knew anyone,... (full context)
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Mr. Tilney parodies the usual small talk of strangers who become acquainted in Bath, asking Catherine about the minute details of her activities there. Catherine has never heard someone speak in... (full context)
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Mrs. Allen interrupts their conversation by asking Catherine to help fix a pin in her sleeve. Mr. Tilney engages Mrs. Allen in a... (full context)
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Catherine goes home, hoping to meet Mr. Tinley again and continue the acquaintance. Although it might... (full context)
Volume 1, Chapter 4
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Catherine eagerly looks for Mr. Tilney the next day in the “Pump-room,” but he is nowhere... (full context)
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Mrs. Thorpe’s three daughters approach, and when they are introduced to Catherine, exclaim how much she looks like her brother. They explain that Catherine’s brother James is... (full context)
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That evening at the theater, Catherine nods pleasantly across the room to Isabella, while also looking for Mr. Tilney. She looks... (full context)
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...Mrs. Allen talks only of her clothing while Mrs. Thorpe talks only of her children. Catherine and Isabella quickly become the best of friends, calling each other by their Christian names,... (full context)
Volume 1, Chapter 6
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Isabella and Catherine meet in the Pump-room and have a warm and affectionate conversation. Isabella says that she... (full context)
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...appreciate her beauty, and adds that she sticks up for her friend by scolding them. Catherine is surprised that Isabella would scold men for not being attracted to someone. Isabella says... (full context)
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Isabella says she thinks it odd that Catherine has never read Udolpho before, but says that she assumes that Catherine's mother will not... (full context)
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Isabella asks Catherine what she will wear that evening, because she wants to dress exactly like Catherine, something... (full context)
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...looking at them. She suggests that they go to look at her new hat, and Catherine says that they may run into the two young men if they leave right then.... (full context)
Volume 1, Chapter 7
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Catherine and Isabella follow the two young men, but are prevented from crossing the street by... (full context)
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...he is always at his ease, which comes across as rudeness. He begins to ask Catherine questions about his horse and carriage, topics about which she knows little, and cannot make... (full context)
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...attention to James that she only looks at the two young men that she and Catherine had followed from the Pump-room three times. John Thorpe walks with Catherine and continues to... (full context)
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After a while Catherine asks John if he has ever read the novel Udolpho. He says that he never... (full context)
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...him and James to stay near them. Mrs. Thorpe is charmed to see her son. Catherine does not like John Thorpe’s manners, but she reserves judgment because he is Isabella's brother... (full context)
Volume 1, Chapter 8
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...to dance with Isabella, but Isabella declares that she will not dance with James until Catherine can dance with John, who is in the other room. Catherine is grateful for this,... (full context)
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Catherine is left alone with Mrs. Allen and Mrs. Thorpe. She feels sure everyone around her... (full context)
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Mr. Tilney gives Catherine a smile of recognition, then approaches her party along with Mrs. Hughes, a woman who... (full context)
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Finally, John Thorpe appears. He does not apologize for keeping Catherine waiting and talks about his friend with whom he plans a swap horses and dogs.... (full context)
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Isabella approaches and grabs Catherine’s arm, complaining that James kept her from coming to find Catherine and saying that she... (full context)
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John has walked away and Catherine hopes Mr. Tilney will ask her to dance again, so she returns to the older... (full context)
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John Thorpe approaches Catherine and says he supposes they ought to dance again. Catherine says she does not want... (full context)
Volume 1, Chapter 9
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Catherine goes out and greets Isabella, who complains that Catherine kept them waiting, praises the ball,... (full context)
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In the carriage, John says his horse is very wild, which frightens Catherine, who is then happily surprised to see that the horse moves quietly. John says the... (full context)
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John then asks Catherine if “old Allen is as rich as a Jew” and if he is her godfather.... (full context)
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Thorpe talks on and on about his carriage. Catherine lacks knowledge of the subject, but she agrees with whatever he says. Catherine, referring to... (full context)
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...at the Allens, Isabella expresses regret that it is too late for her to accompany Catherine in. She laments that it has been such a long time since she spent time... (full context)
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Back at the Allens’, Catherine learns that Mrs. Allen ran into Mrs. Hughes in the Pump-room and then walked on... (full context)
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That night at the theater, Isabella sits between Catherine and James. She tells the latter that she will not talk to him all night... (full context)
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The next morning, Catherine is determined to meet Miss Tilney in the Pump-room. She walks apart from the others... (full context)
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Catherine finally sees Miss Tilney and goes to speak with her. Although their conversation is very... (full context)
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Catherine goes home very happy and begins to plan what she will wear the next night.... (full context)
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At the ball, Catherine tries to avoid John Thorpe, whom she fears will ask her to dance again, making... (full context)
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...dance is like a marriage—the partners are committed to only look after each other’s happiness. Catherine says that marriage is very different, because you must go and live together. Mr. Tilney... (full context)
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Mr. Tilney asks Catherine if she is enjoying Bath as much as she was when he first met her.... (full context)
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As they dance, Catherine sees a handsome older man looking at her, and who then whispers to Mr. Tilney.... (full context)
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Before leaving that night, Catherine chats with Miss Tilney and they agree to take a country walk together with Mr.... (full context)
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The next morning it looks like it will rain, and Catherine anxiously monitors the weather, appealing to Mr. Allen and Mrs. Allen for their opinion on... (full context)
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...John says they will be able to do even more, going also to Blaize Castle. Catherine asks if Blaize Castle is an old building and like the castles one reads about... (full context)
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...driving in a carriage out of town, so they could not be coming to see Catherine. Catherine says the Tilneys must have decided it was too muddy from the rain, but... (full context)
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In the carriage, Catherine looks forward to seeing an old building like the one in Udolpho, but feels hurt... (full context)
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Catherine is still angry, however, and does not to talk with John during their drive. She... (full context)
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When Catherine returns to the Allens’, she learns from the footman that the Tilneys called for her,... (full context)
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The next morning Catherine asks Mrs. Allen if it would be alright for her to go to the Tilneys’... (full context)
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Hurt by this rejection, Catherine considers not attending the theater that night, but has no excuse to stay home and... (full context)
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During the fifth act, however, Catherine sees Henry Tilney. He bows at her without smiling. Very distressed, Catherine feels no angry... (full context)
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During their talk, Catherine notices John Thorpe and General Tilney speaking. Afterwards, when John Thorpe approaches her, she asks... (full context)
Volume 1, Chapter 13
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...they should continue their carriage ride that they had cut short. They go to tell Catherine, who has been speaking with Miss Tilney, that this is the plan, but Catherine objects,... (full context)
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James also begs Catherine to reconsider, saying she can hardly hold out so stubbornly when “such a friend” asks... (full context)
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...minutes, returns. He reports that he just spoke to Miss Tilney and told her that Catherine had sent him to ask if they could postpone their walk until Tuesday, and that... (full context)
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Catherine runs to the Tilneys’ lodgings and bursts in without waiting to be shown into the... (full context)
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Now that she has escaped being forced to take the drive, Catherine feels a bit guilty towards her brother and friends. She tells Mr. Allen about the... (full context)
Volume 1, Chapter 14
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The next morning, Henry (Mr. Tilney), Eleanor (Miss Tilney), and Catherine take their country walk. Catherine comments that a cliff they see reminds her of the... (full context)
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Eleanor asks Catherine if she is fond of novels in general, and Catherine confesses that while she likes... (full context)
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...begin to discuss the landscape from the point of view of those who draw, and Catherine is ashamed not to be able to follow their conversation. She should not be ashamed,... (full context)
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The topic turns to politics, about which Catherine has little to say. Changing the subject, she says she has heard from a friend... (full context)
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After their walk, the Tilneys accompany Catherine to her lodgings and ask Mrs. Allen’s permission to have Catherine to dinner the day... (full context)
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The next day Catherine receives a note from Isabella, who asks Catherine to come to her lodgings as quickly... (full context)
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Isabella comes into the room and says she knows Catherine guessed the meaning of her letter. Catherine has no idea what Isabella is hinting at.... (full context)
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Isabella gushes about her love of Catherine and James, saying she will love Catherine much more than she ever loved her own... (full context)
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...terribly nervous that they will refuse to approve the match, since James “might marry anybody!” Catherine says that the difference in fortune should not be much to signify, and Isabella says... (full context)
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...happiness. John and Mrs. Thorpe are aware of Isabella’s engagement, but, in what seems to Catherine like an unkind and unnecessary concealment, Maria and Anne have yet to be told. They... (full context)
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The next day Catherine returns to the Thorpes’ place. Isabella is very agitated as she awaits the letter. When... (full context)
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John gets ready to set off for London, but first finds Catherine alone in the parlor. Fidgeting, he says it’s “a famous good thing this marrying scheme!”... (full context)
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John then comments that he and Catherine think about most things similarly, and she responds that she does not know her own... (full context)
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Catherine expected to have a lovely time at dinner with the Tilneys, but afterwards she is... (full context)
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When Catherine tells Isabella about her time at the Tilneys’, Isabella chalks their behavior up to pride,... (full context)
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Catherine does not let Isabella’s assessment influence her, and she is happy to be asked to... (full context)
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Captain Tilney asks Henry to ask Catherine if she thinks Isabella would object to dancing with him. Catherine says she is sure... (full context)
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Catherine is very shocked to see Isabella dance with Captain Tilney. Henry Tilney observes her surprise... (full context)
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When Catherine and Isabella next meet, they discuss the letter from James explaining what he and Isabella... (full context)
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Catherine congratulates Isabella warmly. Isabella and Mrs. Thorpe praise Mr. Morland’s generosity, saying that although four... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 2
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Catherine is happy to learn that the Allens intend to stay at least another three weeks... (full context)
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Catherine is thrilled, and quickly writes to her parents to get explicit permission to make the... (full context)
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Catherine is thrilled that she will be visiting an abbey, an old building and similar to... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 3
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Catherine realizes that she has not seen her friend Isabella in several days, nor has she... (full context)
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Catherine asks what Isabella wanted to speak to her about. Isabella reveals that she has had... (full context)
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Catherine says that Isabella knows that John is not the man whom she has feelings for,... (full context)
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...proxy,” that he wished her heart were independent, and that her blooming cheek torments him. Catherine is jealous for her brother and proposes that she and Isabella take a walk, but... (full context)
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Catherine will not sit and listen to this flirtation, though, and with great uneasiness she leaves... (full context)
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For her own part, Catherine does not feel flattered, but rather feels amazed that John would have thought “it worth... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 4
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Catherine watches Isabella’s behavior over the next few days. Isabella gives just as much attention to... (full context)
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Catherine speaks to Henry Tilney and asks him to tell Captain Tilney that Isabella is engaged... (full context)
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Catherine agrees that Isabella’s behavior has been bad, but insists that Isabella loves James very much.... (full context)
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Catherine is also comforted by her last meeting with Isabella before she leaves. Isabella seems to... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 5
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As she heads to Northanger Abbey, Catherine at first feels very uncomfortable among the Tilneys. Although Henry and Eleanor are kind to... (full context)
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General Tilney suggests that Catherine should ride the rest of the way to Northanger Abbey with Henry in his open... (full context)
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Henry tells Catherine that he is very glad she is coming to spend time with his sister, who... (full context)
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Smiling, Henry asks if Catherine has a very high opinion of the abbey. She says she does, and asks if... (full context)
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As they come close to their destination, Catherine keeps her eyes peeled for a sign of the grand old building. She passes through... (full context)
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The General sees how Catherine is looking around and explains that the room is very simple and plain, but that... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 6
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Catherine looks around her room and sees that it is modern and comfortable, not at all... (full context)
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Catherine and Eleanor rush downstairs where the General is pacing about, and he orders dinner served... (full context)
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A storm begins outside and reminds Catherine of the stories set in similar old buildings, but she reassures herself that she has... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 7
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When she wakes the next morning, Catherine rushes to look at the manuscript she had found. To her disappointment, it is a... (full context)
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Catherine changes the subject, noting the hyacinths in the garden and saying that Eleanor taught her... (full context)
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The General arrives to breakfast. When Catherine compliments the beauty of the breakfast plates, the General says he does what he can... (full context)
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Henry prepares to leave for Woodston and they all gather to see him off. Catherine asks if Woodston is pretty, and the General says that Eleanor should say, since ladies... (full context)
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The General offers to give a tour of Northanger, and Catherine gladly accepts. The General says that he can see she may prefer looking at the... (full context)
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Seeing the Abbey from the lawn, Catherine praises it enthusiastically, to the General’s pleasure. Catherine is shocked by the size of the... (full context)
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Eleanor starts down a path, but the General says it is too cold and damp. Catherine goes with Eleanor, but the General decides to take a sunnier route and meet them... (full context)
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Catherine begins to question Eleanor about her mother, asking if she was charming and beautiful, and... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 8
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While the General finishes his walk, Catherine speculates about his character. She finds it unusual that he should take such long, solitary... (full context)
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...wing of the house, but the General stops her sharply, asking whether she really thinks Catherine wants to see those rooms. The General suggests that they go and have a snack,... (full context)
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Catherine tells Eleanor that she would like to see Mrs. Tilney's room, and Eleanor promises to... (full context)
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Catherine thinks that General Tilney clearly resembles a “Montoni” as she watches him pace the room... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 9
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Catherine spends the next day, a Sunday, at church, where she sees a monument to Mrs.... (full context)
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The next day, while the General takes his morning walk, Catherine asks Eleanor to show her Mrs. Tilney’s room. First, they go to look at Mrs.... (full context)
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The next day, Catherine decides to spare Eleanor the danger of being caught by the General again by going... (full context)
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Catherine is about to return to her room when she hears footsteps coming and is surprised... (full context)
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Catherine begins to say that it is late and she must dress for dinner, but Henry... (full context)
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Catherine looks more directly into Henry’s eyes than she ever has before. Henry explains that his... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 10
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As she dresses for dinner that night, Catherine feels completely disillusioned. She knows that she has embarrassed herself in front of Henry. She... (full context)
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Catherine realizes that she had been looking for something dramatic when she came to Northanger. She... (full context)
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Catherine soon begins to be anxious to hear from Isabella about Bath. She finds Isabella’s silence... (full context)
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Catherine gasps in astonishment while reading, and both Henry and Eleanor are concerned about what kind... (full context)
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Catherine joins Henry and Eleanor, then sits in silence, unsure what to say. Eleanor asks if... (full context)
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Catherine lets both brother and sister read James’s letter. Henry is very surprised, but says that,... (full context)
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...and knowing no disguise.” Eleanor smiles and says she would welcome such a sister-in-law, but Catherine does not notice this hint. (full context)
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Catherine says that perhaps Isabella will be loyal to Frederick. Henry says she will certainly be... (full context)
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Catherine says she has never been so deceived by anyone in her life. She worries about... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 11
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Catherine, Henry, and Eleanor speak frequently about the possibility that Frederick and Isabella will marry. Henry... (full context)
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Catherine thinks that Henry ought to warn his father about what has occurred between her brother... (full context)
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The General is concerned that Catherine should enjoy herself and decides that they should bring her to visit Henry at his... (full context)
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Catherine is disappointed to have Henry leave early and feels out of sorts. She is sure... (full context)
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As they drive up to Woodston, Catherine is charmed, but the General apologizes for every shortcoming of the village. Catherine is overwhelmed... (full context)
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As they roam through the grounds, Catherine thinks it is the most beautiful house she has ever seen. She notices that the... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 12
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Catherine receives a letter from Isabella the next morning. Isabella apologizes for failing to write Catherine.... (full context)
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Catherine reads the letter aloud to Henry and Eleanor and denounces Isabella, saying she wishes she... (full context)
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Catherine thinks it is right of Henry to stand up for Frederick, and Henry says that... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 13
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The General leaves for a week in London, telling his children to make sure Catherine’s time is spent happily. Catherine feels unconstrained in his absence, and has a wonderful time... (full context)
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...is obliged to leave Northanger for a couple of nights, but with the General’s absence, Catherine and Eleanor still enjoy each other’s company a great deal. Late that evening, they hear... (full context)
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Catherine hears a sound in the hallway and goes to the door to find Eleanor standing... (full context)
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Catherine asks if she has offended the General, and Eleanor says that she knows he has... (full context)
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Once left alone, Catherine bursts into tears. The General’s sudden incivility is hard to believe. She will not even... (full context)
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Eleanor comes to Catherine’s room in the morning, but brings no apology from the General. Eleanor silently tries to... (full context)
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Eleanor, a bit embarrassed, asks if Catherine has enough money for her journey home. Catherine had given no thought to this, but... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 14
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Catherine is too upset to pay any attention to the journey at first. She travels the... (full context)
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Catherine meets with no trouble on her eleven-hour journey. She is looked after by those around... (full context)
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Catherine’s entire large family is thrilled to see her when she arrives at Fullerton, which soothes... (full context)
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Mrs. Morland sends Catherine to bed early, but her daughter still looks pale and unhappy in the morning. It... (full context)
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Catherine sits down to write to Eleanor. She is now fully aware of how hard this... (full context)
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After hearing Catherine’s story of her time in Bath and with the Tilneys, Mrs. Morland says it has... (full context)
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Mrs. Morland and Catherine call on Mrs. Allen, and Mrs. Morland tells Catherine that she feels sorry for James,... (full context)
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...are surprised and happy to see her and very appalled by General Tilney’s treatment of Catherine. Mrs. Morland says they are happy to have Catherine back and glad to know that... (full context)
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On the way home, Mrs. Morland tells Catherine how unimportant it is that she has lost the friendship of the Tilneys, when she... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 15
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Catherine had never been very good at sitting still or at focusing on a task, but... (full context)
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...there. Henry Tilney rises to meet her, saying that he had come to make sure Catherine had gotten home safely. Mrs. Morland welcomes him warmly, without holding his father’s behavior against... (full context)
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...out of small talk and everyone falls silent. Mr. Tilney, for the first time addressing Catherine, asks if the Allens are home and, blushing, if she will show him the way... (full context)
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...explain his father’s conduct, but is more eager to explain his own feelings. He assures Catherine of his affection for her, and asks her if she feels the same way about... (full context)
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...before that she had been sent away and he should not think about her anymore. Catherine is grateful that Henry kindly asked for her hand in marriage before he told her... (full context)
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Henry explains that the General had mistakenly believed Catherine to be very rich, and had therefore wanted her to marry Henry. When he discovered... (full context)
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...later ran into John Thorpe again in London. Thorpe was by that time angry at Catherine’s refusal of him and even angrier at having found himself unable to reconcile James and... (full context)
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Henry did not explain all of this to Catherine at that moment, but he told her enough to make her feel that she had... (full context)
Volume 2, Chapter 16
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Mr. Morland and Mrs. Morland are shocked to be asked for Catherine’s hand in marriage, since it had never occurred to them that she was in love... (full context)
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...that it will soon end, the Narrator remarks, and so they cannot share Henry and Catherine’s anxiety. But how could the General be brought around? It was Eleanor’s marriage to a... (full context)
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Eleanor and her husband, a Viscount, help persuade the General to accept Henry’s marriage to Catherine. It also helps that Catherine is not nearly as poor as John Thorpe described her... (full context)