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Written by Nikki N
(8/22/2013 6:36 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, How much did Henry know?, penned by Victoria B
NA2 gives quite a different feeling than the book, since in the book, Henry first danced with Catherine in chap 3 -- before Gen Tilney had even arrived in Bath. And it was because the Gen noticed that Henry was paying considerable attention to Cath that he asked John Thorpe about her in chap 10, and was told that she was the Allens' heiress. I don't believe Henry was influenced by his father. The Gen's children knew the Gen's mercenary views. When Cath received James' letter that he and Isabella had broken off, and said that Capt Tilney would likely announce his engagement to Isabella -- chap 25 --
'Miss Tilney, ... having expressed her concern and surprise, began to inquire into Miss Thorpe’s connections and fortune.
..."... I do not believe Isabella has any fortune at all: but that will not signify in your family. Your father is so very liberal! He told me the other day that he only valued money as it allowed him to promote the happiness of his children.” The brother and sister looked at each other.'
chap 26 -- "Catherine found, with some surprise, that her two young friends were perfectly agreed in considering Isabella’s want of consequence and fortune as likely to throw great difficulties in the way of her marrying their brother. Their persuasion that the general would, upon this ground alone, independent of the objection that might be raised against her character, oppose the connection,"
Henry and Eleanor had been astonished by the Gen's interest in Cath -- chap 30 -- "Henry and Eleanor, perceiving nothing in her situation likely to engage their father’s particular respect, had seen with astonishment the suddenness, continuance, and extent of his attention;".
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