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|Did JT fall in love with Catherine?
Written by Robbin
(3/25/2009 11:44 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Catherine’s development and main themes of NA, penned by Elizabeth K
“That is kind of you, however — kind and good–natured. I shall not forget it in a hurry. But you have more good nature and all that, than anybody living, I believe. A monstrous deal of good nature, and it is not only good nature, but you have so much, so much of everything; and then you have such — upon my soul, I do not know anybody like you.” (Ch. 15)
Great analysis, I just have just the one question. I never got the impression JT was in love with Catherine. He says above she is kind and good-natured but it seems a little exaggerated with the idea she has more good nature “than anybody living” and the word “monstrous” despite the fact he is at the same time at a lost for words. To me he always seemed attached to her supposed fortune and when he finds out she has turned him down he trashes her family to General Tilney:
That they were false, the general had learnt from the very person who had suggested them, from Thorpe himself, whom he had chanced to meet again in town, and who, under the influence of exactly opposite feelings, irritated by Catherine’s refusal, and yet more by the failure of a very recent endeavour to accomplish a reconciliation between Morland and Isabella, convinced that they were separated forever, and spurning a friendship which could be no longer serviceable, hastened to contradict all that he had said before to the advantage of the Morlands… (Ch. 30)
If he loved Catherine it seems he would not do that. Did I miss something? Thanks. (;D)
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