] He has found his straight man, someone who will know how to handle his personality. But I sometimes wonder--does she "get" his humour, and would it bother him after awhile if she didn't?
Their first meeting in Chapter 3
At the end of his getting acquainted act:
"Now I must give one smirk, and then we may be rational again." Catherine turned away her head, not knowing whether she might venture to laugh.
After his remark about her muslin:
"And pray, sir, what do you think of Miss Morland's gown?"
"It is very pretty, madam," said he, gravely examining it; "but I do not think it will wash well; I am afraid it will fray."
"How can you," said Catherine, laughing, "be so--" She had almost said "strange."
Mr. Tilney was polite enough to seem interested in what she said; and she kept him on the subject of muslins till the dancing recommenced. Catherine feared, as she listened to their discourse, that he indulged himself a little too much with the foibles of others.