A few thoughts on Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Northanger AbbeyThis novel is so unlike Austen’s other novels. But still, I enjoyed it very much.

Catherine Morland is a young girl from Fullerton. She comes to visit Bath with her friend Mrs Allen and her husband. There, she attends balls and plays for the first time in her life. There, she meets Henry Tilney. There, she befriends Isabella Thorpe and her brother John.

This is basically a story about how appearances can be deceiving — how people, who you think are your friends, are not really your friends.

Catherine loves to read Gothic novels. Her imagination sometimes gets the better of her, placing her in many embarrassing situations.

She’s unlike Austen’s other heroines. She’s not as intelligent or as witty as Elizabeth Bennet, for example. In fact, she’s naive, and this leads her to misjudge the true character of certain persons. This is probably due to the fact that she’s still very young. But she’s charming, attractive, and innocent, and she easily earns the affection of the people around her.

I won’t give away the ending, of course. I only want to say that I highly recommend it!

My rating: 5/5 stars.
Date read: June 16-25, 2014


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