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|Can 3 other issues be implicated in Catherine's blunder?
Written by jeffrey
(4/19/2012 11:25 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, “Dearest Miss Morland, what ideas have you been admitting?”, penned by Srirup
In Ch 20, Too-clever Henry has a little jest with Catherine's supple imagination as he describes the horrors of the classic Gothic Abbey on their way to Northanger.
Catherine is already in awe of the General's fearsome punctuality, intimidation of his children, and impatient temper when things don't go exactly as he wishes.
So, harness up a rather (1) "Gothic" character in the General with (2) Henry's playful but overly influential description of the abbey and (3) finally throw in Catherine's horrid novels and you have a recipe for turning Catherine's fanciful thoughts into something like a not-so-imaginary paranoia!
I feel a measure of sympathy for poor Catherine, who is still overly impressionable and only a couple of years from her childhood. Although she is clearly culpable, I don't believe ALL of the blame for her wildly erroneous misconceptions can be charged to her account.
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