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  • Isabella, however, soon decides that James is not rich enough for her and she could have made a better match

    • by Lorianna
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      Catherine Morland, a 17 year old young lady who has led quiet and secluded life travels to Bath with some friends of her family and gets introduced to the society. She meets, among others, Henry Tilney, a nice young clergyman, and Isabella Thrope, a young lady not very much older than herself but far more experienced. Isabella and Catherine become friends, and even more so when Isabella’s brother John and Catherine’s brother James arrive who, as it turns out, are friends as well. The four young people spend much time together, which leads to some romantic feelings being developed.

      Catherine’s brother James starts courting Isabella, and Isabella’s

      brother John starts courting Catherine. Isabella returns James’s interest, but Catherine likes Henry, the clergyman. Her friendship with Henry continues, but John thinks nothing of it, he believes that he is doing well and will eventually win her heart and marry her.

      He is even more convinced of it when James and Isabella become engaged. Isabella, however, soon decides that James is not rich enough for her and she could have made a better match. When Henry’s older brother Frederick arrives, she begins flirting with him.

      She eventually breaks the engagement with James in hopes of marrying Frederick Tilney - only to find out that he does ...

      • not have any interest in her. Frustrated, Isabella tries to make Catherine help her get James back, but to no avail. That, and the fact that Catherine rejects the love of Isabella’s brother John when Isabella tells her about it, ends their friendship.

        Catherine enjoys her growing relationship with the Tilney family. She meets Henry’s sister Eleanor and his father, General Tilney. They invite her to visit them in their estate, Northhanger Abbey.

        General Tilney seems to be thinking that Henry and Catherine are a good match. All this suddenly changes when General Tilney, seemingly for no reason at all, sends Catherine away and wants nothing to

        do with her and her family. Catherine, devastated and confused, goes back to her hometown, Fullerton.

        Some time later Henry comes and explains what has happened. It turns out that John, the rejected lover, had told General Tilney that Catherine comes from a very poor family, that she is only interested in money, and that her brother James has broken the heart of Isabella. Help comes from Eleanor, who marries a very wealthy duke - someone whom the general would listen to.

        Eleanor and her husband tell General Tilney the truth about what had happened between John, Catherine, James, and Isabella. The general gives his consent, and Henry and Catherine get married.

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