Posted by kathleen (elder) on August 20, 1997 at 17:45:32:
In reply to Question about Northanger Abbey posted by Julia on August 20, 1997 at 17:02:08
] There is a scene when Henry, Eleanor, and Catherine are discussing Isabella's possibly being engaged to Captn. Tilney. Henry says (I'm quoting from memory) "Prepare for your sister, Eleanor, and such a sister as you must delight in! Open, artless, with simple feelings..." and Eleanor replies with a smile to the effect that such a sister would please her. Are they talking about Isabella, or Catherine?
Both, in two different ways! On the surface, Henry is talking about Isabella and is describing her in the way that Catherine thinks about her, even though Isabella is not at all like the description. Henry, however, is actually describing Catherine, and Eleanor lets him know that she's on to his game, and that she (Eleanor) would like very much to have Catherine as a sister.
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