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Written by Cheryl
(4/13/2003 12:03 a.m.)
So, what is going on between Isabella and Frederick Tilney, eh? After swearing she would not dance, James Morland being out of town, and Capt. Tilney being informed of such, they do indeed dance, much to Catherine’s surprise.
With several days going by without seeing much of her Dear Isabella (and isn’t that telling?) Catherine again finds herself a third wheel with Isabella and a man – but the man is not her brother this time. Isabella’s talk is full of “Tilney says” and when he appears, there is Major Flirting going on in half whispers. And what Catherine hears!
"What! Always to be watched, in person or by proxy!"
My goodness, this all seems very intimate and full of innuendo. What has been going on in those several days Catherine hasn’t seen Isabella?
And, did you all catch Isabella’s comment about there being more than one way for she and Catherine to be sisters? Catherine has just disavowed any interest in John Thorpe (as any rational woman would) saying her interest has always been fixed in another direction (Henry, of course – good woman) and says “I cannot suppose your brother cares so very much about me. And, you know, we shall still be sisters." Isabella replies with "Yes, yes" (with a blush), "there are more ways than one of our being sisters. But where am I wandering to?”
What was that blush about? My Oxford Illustrated edition has a footnote on this:
"where am I wandering to" shows that Isabella’s fertile mind has conceived a third method of their becoming sisters.
That third method being, I assume, if she and Catherine both marry Tilneys. Though I hadn’t thought of this line as being meant in that way before, it would not surprise me if Isabella had turned her eyes toward Capt. Tilney. She is obviously unhappy with the income James will receive, I’m sure she knows how wealthy the Tilneys are. She is someone who is always looking for the main chance, and I am not surprised that she is hedging her bets with the Capt.
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