Could Catherine possibly be more fortunate? Her best friend Isabella is engaged to her brother, she is completely oblivious to John Thorpe's clumsy moves, and she is to have dinner at the Tilneys. Except that...
Catherine has dinner at the Tilney's & finds the anticipation of the event was pleasanter than the event itself.
"In spite of [General Tilney's] great civilities to her…it had been a release to get away from him… "
Catherine cannot account for
her feelings. "It could not be General Tilney's fault….She could only
attribute [it] to her own stupidity."
As for Henry, "he had
never said so little, nor been so little agreeable." But Catherine is
eager to give him another chance.
Later, at the ball:
"The evening rewarded her confidence…Miss Tilney took pains to be near
her, and Henry asked her to dance."
Catherine dances w/Henry,
"listening with sparkling eyes to everything he said; and, in finding him irresistible,
becoming so herself."
Henry's brother, Capt.
Tilney, wants to dance w/ Isabella. Catherine tells Henry that Isabella said
she won't dance w/anyone tonight.
But, says Catherine,
"it was very good-natured in him…I suppose he saw Isabella sitting down,
and fancied she might wish for a partner."
"Henry smiled, and
said, 'How very little trouble it can give you to understand the motive of
other people's actions.'"
"With you, it is not…What is the inducement most likely to act upon such a
person…but…what would be my
inducement in acting…?"
"I do not understand you." Henry: "Then we are on very unequal
terms, for I understand you perfectly well."
"Me? -- yes; I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible." Henry:
"Bravo! -- an excellent satire on modern language."
sees Isabella dancing with Capt. Tilney. "I cannot think how it could
happen! Isabella was so determined not to dance."
[Carey Mulligan as Isabella Thorpe and Mark Dymond as Captain Frederick Tilney in the ITV NORTHANGER ABBEY.]
Isabella learns what James's father can give them. Not enough to marry on. At
least not for 2 ½ years.
"Nobody can think better of Mr. Morland than I do...But every body has their
was hurt by these insinuations. 'I am very sure,' said she, 'that my father has
promised to do as much as he can afford.'"
recollected herself…'It is not the want of more money that makes me just at
present a little out of spirits; I hate money.'"
"If our union could take place now upon only fifty pounds a year, I should
not have a wish unsatisfied."
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