Written by Peter
(7/26/2012 1:27 p.m.)
I have only once read NA and that was a few years ago. The character of General Tilney struck me then as totally absurd. He is a complete nincompoop. On nothing but the strength of John Thorpís word, he goes out of his way to encourage Catherine and for no other reason than he believes her rich. Then for no other reason than John Thorpís word he brutally kicks her out of his house because he now believes her poor!
One thing absolutely vital to the success of any officer in anybodyís military, is a sound judge of character. Anyone in the company of John Thorp for more than quarter of an hour must find him a very silly prating coxcomb and would not trust his judgment on anything. Tilney totally fails to see Catherineís qualities, or Isabella Thorpeís faults. He is a lousy judge of character. He treats poor Catherine in an arbitrary way on his whims.
He would be a lousy officer and I pity anyone so unfortunate as to have to serve with or under him. How such a man could rise to General rank, even in the British army of the time, even with every advantage of connections and friends in high places, stretches credibility to breaking point. With Generals like that, no wonder we lost so many battles!