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|Catherine's "gothic-novel-like" struggles
Written by JoAnn
(3/11/2009 4:57 p.m.)
“This will not do,” said Catherine; “I cannot submit to this. I must run after Miss Tilney directly and set her right.”
Isabella, however, caught hold of one hand, Thorpe of the other, and remonstrances poured in from all three. Even James was quite angry...
“I do not care. Mr. Thorpe had no business to invent any such message. If I had thought it right to put it off, I could have spoken to Miss Tilney myself. This is only doing it in a ruder way; and how do I know that Mr. Thorpe has — He may be mistaken again perhaps; he led me into one act of rudeness by his mistake on Friday. Let me go, Mr. Thorpe; Isabella, do not hold me.”
Thorpe told her it would be in vain to go after the Tilneys; they were turning the corner into Brock Street, when he had overtaken them, and were at home by this time.
“Then I will go after them,” said Catherine; “wherever they are I will go after them. It does not signify talking. If I could not be persuaded into doing what I thought wrong, I never will be tricked into it.” And with these words she broke away and hurried off.
As she flees from them, she is fearful of their pursuit:
Away walked Catherine in great agitation, as fast as the crowd would permit her, fearful of being pursued, yet determined to persevere.
I can see this all being read aloud with great dramatic angst in the reader's voice. And then comes the justification for her dramatic performance, at the end of the chapter:
...and [she] truly rejoiced to be preserved by his advice from the danger of falling into such an error herself. Her escape from being one of the party to Clifton was now an escape indeed.
Perhaps Catherine is a true gothic heroine after all!
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