here.This post is part of a readalong and contains plot references! For a recap of what happens in each chapter, or to find other participants' thoughts, see Jennifer’s post
Chapter 16: I love this quote by Catherine: “I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible” (141).
Chapter 17: I couldn’t believe how carried away Catherine gets dreaming about Northanger Abbey, hoping it would be eerie and mysterious. Consider this:
Her passion for ancient edifices was next in degree to her passion for Henry Tilney – and castles and abbies made usually the charm of those reveries which his image did not fill (147).
I’m beginning to suspect Catherine only likes Tilney because he said he lives in the Abbey which she associates with her gothic novels.
Chapter 18: Isabella actually says something smart: “Modesty, and all that, is very well in its way, but really a little common honesty is sometimes quite as becoming” (149). She could stand to take her own advice. But I think Isabella’s point is that she can’t believe Catherine could be so blind as to not notice her brother’s intentions towards her.
Isabella says something shocking: “…there are more ways than one of our being sisters” (150). It appears Isabella may a) value Catherine’s friendship so much that she want to be sister either by marrying each other’s brothers or marrying the Tilney brothers or b) she’s just admitting that she is going after Captain Tilney without regard to her engagement to James. Either way, Catherine seems to miss the statement and its implications (no surprise there).
Chapters 20-21: I was smugly happy with Catherine’s disappointment with the Abbey. I thought it served her right. But she rebounds with hopes that the inside will be more to her liking. She doesn’t seem to care much about the people that actually inhabit the house which is sad.
I howled with laughter when Catherine discovered the paper in the chest was only a receipt. Is this girl going to learn her lesson in this novel or become a tragic figure after all?
Chapters 22-23: The General is seriously creeping me out. He is rather mysterious, although I think Catherine’s assumptions about him (seriously, locking up his wife?) are way off. I’m getting the heebie-jeebies… does he like Catherine? Where is Henry? He’s hardly around which makes me wonder if he really does like Catherine. I’m expecting an episode of sorts with Miss Tilney’s mother’s portrait. But that is for next week’s reading…