CH 17;- Catherine's delight at being invited.
..she was to be for weeks under the same roof with the person whose society she mostly prized — and, in addition to all the rest, this roof was to be the roof of an abbey! LOL.
Catherine's opinion of the general, we know. And even his dignified step,
...which caught the eye, but could not shake the doubts of the well–read Catherine,
I feel that JA herself is laughing at the well-read Catherine here.
Catherine's, and the General's ;-) inspection of the rooms.
...her indiscriminating eye scarcely discerned the colour of the satin;[..]
the costliness or elegance of any room’s fitting–up could be nothing to her; she cared for no furniture of a more modern date than the fifteenth century.
..... all minuteness of praise, all praise that had much meaning, was supplied by the general:
Why on earth would Catherine be interested in a chest and find it mysterious.
Because Emily had one in her room too which was too heavy to be moved to block the door that *could not be locked*. Emily could never open the chest, even with help of her aunt's maid Annette, and the mystery remained a mystery.
Catherine's desire to solve this mystery;
I will look into it — cost me what it may, I will look into it — and directly too — by daylight.
JA's 'gothic' language is so amusing all through these chapters.
The chest was - well calculated to interest an alarm.
The first night - Hollow murmurs seemed to creep along the gallery, and more than once her blood was chilled by the sound of distant moans. (Almost directly from udolpho )
In her room - The window curtains seemed in motion.
................the lock of her door was agitated, as if by the attempt of somebody to enter.
The chest - each end were the imperfect remains of handles also of silver, broken perhaps prematurely by some strange violence;