Category Archives: Northanger Abbey

Isabella on poverty

“Where people are really attached, poverty itself is wealth.” Northanger Abbey, volume 1, chapter 15 Alas, if only Isabella knew the truth of her words!

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Uncensured

“Catherine hoped at least to pass uncensured through the crowd.  As for admiration, it was always very welcome when it came, but she did not depend on it.” Of Catherine’s first venture to Bath’s Upper Rooms Northanger Abbey, volume 1, … Continue reading

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A herione

“There was not one lord in the neighborhood; no — not even a baronet.  There was not one family among their acquaintance who had reared and supported a boy accidentally found at their door — not one young man whose … Continue reading

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All story and no reflection

“Provided that nothing like useful knowledge could be gained from them, provided they were all story and no reflection, she had never any objection to books at all.” Of Catherine’s reading habits Northanger Abbey, volume 1, chapter 1

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Almost pretty

“‘Catherine grows quite a good-looking girl, — she is almost pretty today,’ were words which caught her ears now and then; and how welcome were the sounds!  To look almost pretty, is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl … Continue reading

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To begin perfect happiness

Forgive me for the spoiler, but I’m assuming you all know how the book (or movie) ends!  Enjoy tonight. “Henry and Catherine were married, the bells rang, and every body smiled; and, as this took place within a twelvemonth from … Continue reading

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The true heroine’s portion

“And now I may dismiss my heroine to the sleepless couch, which is the true heroine’s portion; to a pillow strewed with thorns and wet with tears.  And lucky may she think herself, if she get another good night’s rest … Continue reading

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The finest balm

“Friendship is surely the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.” Northanger Abbey, volume 1, chapter 4 Carey Mulligan as Isabella Thorpe (left) and Felicity Jones as Catherine Morland. ©ITV plc (Granada International) for Masterpiece™ The Complete Jane Austen … Continue reading

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Ouch!

“Mrs. Allen was one of that numerous class of females, whose society can raise no other emotion than surprise at their being any men in the world who could like them well enough to marry them.  She had neither beauty, … Continue reading

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On being unintelligible

“I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible.” Catherine to Henry Northanger Abbey, volume 2, chapter 1 Sweet, guileless Catherine. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an adaptation of Northanger Abbey — really looking forward to this one. Felicity Jones … Continue reading

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