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Written by Julia Catherine
(3/18/2009 2:50 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ch 24: Why is Henry astonished?, penned by TimLee
"Really!," [said Henry] with affected astonishment. [Catherine then inquires,] "Why should you be surprised, sir?" "Why, indeed!" said he, in his natural tone. "But some emotion must appear to be raised by your reply, and surprise is more easily assumed, and not less reasonable than any other. Now let us go on. Were you never here before, madam?"
It seems to be his default emotion!
All kidding aside, he may be reacting to her guilty expression and nervous outburst ("Mr. Tilney!...Good God!...How came you here? How came you up that staircase?"). If she had acted calm and collected, he might not have thought anything about it. As it was, it appears that she was a guilt-ridden, terrified mess when he met up with her. I probably would be surprised to see sweet, innocent Catherine acting like that, too.
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