Possible answer to #2
Posted by MB on January 07, 1998 at 17:07:33:
In response to Is he?, written by Constanza on January 07, 1998 at 14:29:59
] 2) What does Catherine think? Does she think Henry likes her, does she thing he is courting her? Or she simply doesn't know and simply hopes he is?
I think that, at this point, she is more interested in Northanger! She has to outgrow her unrealistic fantasies somewhat before she is ready for real life. I don't think that JA will let her realize these "real feelings", or let her have Henry, until she is ready. Does that make sense?
Also, a quote (although this does occur earlier in the novel than the point at whih we are now) :
Isabella : Every thing is so insipid, so uninteresting, that does not relate to the beloved object! I can perfectly comprehend your feelings.
Catherine : But you should not persuade me that I think so very much about Mr. Tilney, for perhaps I may never see him again.
I : Not see him again! My dearest creature, do not talk of it. I am sure you would be miserable if you thought so.
C : No indeed, I should not. I do not pretend to say that I was not very much pleased with him; but while I have Udolpho to read, I feel as if nobody could make me miserable.
So, that takes care of my opinion on her hopes. As far as her perceptions, they're still pretty dull, at this point. Her eyes have not yet been opened.
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