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Written by Karen G.
(3/19/2009 8:50 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, It's almost as if it's a different book., penned by nan duval
I do agree that it almost seems like a different book. All of a sudden, a "good natured" character such as Catherine, completely innocent and also thinks others innocent until proven guilty, always thinking the best of everyone until they really get beyond comprehension or make her feel she herself is doing something wrong, now is treating someone like General Tilney as guilty until proven innocent (although she may not think it that way - she seems to think evidence is often beyond a doubt... an imagination run wild!)
Henry did her no favors by teasing her about Northanger Abbey on the drive there, not realizing how captivated she was (addicted, perhaps it could be described?) to the idea of a mysterious, very old building such as the abbey.
I can only think, that like John Thorpe, who guides Catherine to do things she would prefer not to do and who doesn't seem to treat people she holds in high regard very well or makes them ill at ease (like how General T affects Elinor), that it convinces her that something is wrong. The simple idea "I do not like him" is enough to justify all the other ideas that come.
And both JT and General T do not really comprehend or interpret Catherine's thoughts and feelings nor invite any confidence from or of her.
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