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|Learning to love...hyacinth.
Written by MandyN
(4/20/2006 11:39 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Excellent information,, penned by Reeba
In the opening chapter we are told Catherine was not fond of the heroic enjoyment of watering a rose bush.
This stands in contrast to Catherine telling Henry his sister [Eleanor] has taught her to 'love a hyacinth'.
It appears Northanger Abbey had hyacinths. I believe around 1800, hyacinth dells were a feature of picturesque landscape gardens.
Catherine 'learns to love a hyacinth' under the influence of the Tilney siblings. She is learning a lesson in beauty, taste and importantly, as Heather says, in feelings.
Henry would like Catherine to learn to love other flowers and 'may come to love a rose.'- for her to continue in the habit of learning to love.
Well, that's my interpretation !
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