Henry and Catherine
Posted by Carolyn B on January 16, 1998 at 20:12:10:
In response to Henry's love... *spoiler*, written by Haley on January 16, 1998 at 13:16:23
] ] So, when does Henry start to view Catherine as a prospective bride? Does he start to court her because his father asked it of him or is it just a lucky coincidence?
At the very end, JA notes that in Bath, when Thorpe boasts about Catherine, the General had already "discerned a liking towards Miss Morland in the countenance of his son" --which was probably what prompted him to ask Thorpe about C. in the first place. (Ch. 30)
Of course we know what a great judge the General was!
I tend to think of Henry and Catherine as "like at first sight" which then progressed to something more like "love" as they got to know each other better at Northanger Abbey. Perhaps as in P&P, we can't place the exact moment when our hero and heroine fell in love because they don't know themselves?
] but my question is did Henry and Elinor know the size of her fortune? IMHO it seemed they did and were just surprised that the General should still like her and encourage the match.
"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."
I read this:
While the Tilney children did not know what exactly Catherine's financial situation was, they had pretty much guessed that it was nothing spectacular.
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