Northanger Abbey. Part 35

Northanger Abbey. The man who knows best

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The affair thus happily settled, she was introduced by

Miss Tilney to her father, and received by him with such

ready, such solicitous politeness as recalled Thorpe’s infor-

mation to her mind, and made her think with pleasure that

he might be sometimes depended on.

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After sitting with them a quarter of an hour, she rose to

take leave, and was then most agreeably surprised by Gen-

eral Tilney’s asking her if she would do his daughter the

honour of dining and spending the rest of the day with her.

Miss Tilney added her own wishes. Catherine was great-

ly obliged; but it was quite out of her power. Mr. and Mrs.

Allen would expect her back every moment. The general de-

clared he could say no more; the claims of Mr. and Mrs.

Allen were not to be superseded; but on some other day he

trusted, when longer notice could be given, they would not

refuse to spare her to her friend. ‘Oh, no; Catherine was sure

they would not have the least objection, and she should have

great pleasure in coming.’

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She reached home without seeing anything more of the

offended party; and now that she had been triumphant

throughout, had carried her point, and was secure of her

walk, she began (as the flutter of her spirits subsided) to

doubt whether she had been perfectly right. A sacrifice was

always noble; and if she had given way to their entreaties,

she should have been spared the distressing idea of a friend

displeased, a brother angry, and a scheme of great happi-

ness to both destroyed, perhaps through her means.
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To ease her mind, and ascertain by the opinion of an unprejudiced

person what her own conduct had really been, she took occasion

to mention before Mr. Allen the half-settled scheme of her brother

and the Thorpes for the following day. Mr. Allen caught at it directly.

‘Well,’ said he, ‘and do you think of going too?’

‘No; I had just engaged myself to walk with Miss Tilney

before they told me of it; and therefore you know I could not

go with them, could I?’
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‘No, certainly not; and I am glad you do not think of

it. These schemes are not at all the thing. Young men and

women driving about the country in open carriages! Now

and then it is very well; but going to inns and public places

together! It is not right; and I wonder Mrs. Thorpe should

allow it. I am glad you do not think of going; I am sure Mrs.

Morland would not be pleased.‘
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Catherine submitted, and though sorry to think that Is-

abella should be doing wrong, felt greatly relieved by Mr.

Allen’s approbation of her own conduct, and truly rejoiced

to be preserved by his advice from the danger of falling into

such an error herself. Her escape from being one of the par-

ty to Clifton was now an escape indeed; for what would the

Tilneys have thought of her, if she had broken her promise

to them in order to do what was wrong in itself, if she had

been guilty of one breach of propriety, only to enable her to

be guilty of another?
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