Saturday, May 23, 2009

"Northanger Abbey" by Jane Austen

The writing continues to be both plain and elegant, a trademark of Austen's. Here's an example: Catherine is looking out the window and hoping the weather will clear, when suddenly "a gleam of sunshine took her quite by surprise." The simple gracefulness of that phrase is impossible to analyze or imitate; it can only be admired.

Catherine is still in Bath with the Thorpes and her brother and the Tilneys. In this episode, she is hoping to go for a walk with the Tilneys, but, on a rainy day, she decides to accept an offer to visit a castle with Isabella Thorpe and her brother John. (She is hurt that the Thorpes apparently ‘stood her up’.) 

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