Northanger Abbey Part 19

Northanger Abbey. Theatre
Northanger Abbey 19b (1)

The Allens, Thorpes, and Morlands all met in the eve-

ning at the theatre; and, as Catherine and Isabella sat

together, there was then an opportunity for the latter to ut-

ter some few of the many thousand things which had been

collecting within her for communication in the immeasur-

able length of time which had divided them. ‘Oh, heavens!

My beloved Catherine, have I got you at last?’ was her ad-

dress on Catherine’s entering the box and sitting by her.
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‘Now, Mr. Morland,’ for he was close to her on the other

side, ‘I shall not speak another word to you all the rest of

the evening; so I charge you not to expect it. My sweetest

Catherine, how have you been this long age? But I need not

ask you, for you look delightfully. You really have done your

hair in a more heavenly style than ever; you mischievous

creature, do you want to attract everybody? I assure you,

my brother is quite in love with you already; and as for Mr.

Tilney — but that is a settled thing — even your modesty

cannot doubt his attachment now; his coming back to Bath

makes it too plain. Oh! What would not I give to see him!

Is he in the house now? Look about, for heaven’s sake! I assure

you, I can hardly exist till I see him.’
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‘No,’ said Catherine, ‘he is not here; I cannot see him


‘Oh, horrid! Am I never to be acquainted with him? How

do you like my gown? I think it does not look amiss; the

sleeves were entirely my own thought. Do you know, I get so

immoderately sick of Bath; your brother and I were agree-

ing this morning that, though it is vastly well to be here for

a few weeks, we would not live here for millions. We soon

found out that our tastes were exactly alike in preferring

the country to every other place; really, our opinions were

so exactly the same, it was quite ridiculous!’
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To be continued

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