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Written by Virginia
(3/3/2009 1:06 p.m.)
In Chapter Three, the author introduces us to Henry Tilney, just as the master of ceremonies introduces him to Catherine Morland. Jane Austen has given Mr. Tilney the name of her favorite brother, Henry. Jane, the daughter and sister of clergymen, has also made Henry a parson and he forms a trio with her other clergymen heroes, Edward in S&S and Edmund in MP, and to me Henry is the most likable and charming of the three. In some ways Henry Tilney strikes me as the representative of the author's view point -- he is close to her age when she wrote NA. Henry Tilney is a born tease and has a light, playful touch with the youthful Catherine. "When the assembly closed, [they] parted on the lady's side at least, with a strong inclination for continuing the acquaintance." But in the maddening fashion of heroes, by the next day, this one had disappeared.
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