Quick Index Board Index Home FAQ Site Map
|GR: The Tilney brothers
Written by Cheryl
(4/17/2003 1:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR - The only instance of brothers, penned by CarolTS
I don't know ... I don't think Henry has much influence over Frederick. Henry tells him who Isabella is, mentions her engagement. When Catherine asks him to do more, Henry just says "He knows what he is about, and must be his own master."
This doesn't sound like someone who is trying to steer his brother around any social shoals. In fact, I have the impression that Henry and Frederick are not very close and that Frederick would not be ammenable to any kind of lecture from Henry.
Catherine feels she knows her brother, what he is feeling, how he thinks, and believes it must be so for the Tilneys. "...you must know your brother's heart." Henry responds with "My brother's heart, as you term it, on the present occasion, I assure you I can only guess at."
This does not sound like a close sibling relationship. (Though I also believe that Henry knows full well what Frederick is up to, but also knows how futile it would be to try and stay his course.)
Northanger Abbey is maintained by Cheryl and Linda with WebBBS 3.21.