Northanger Abbey. Part 36

Northanger Abbey. Gentlemen read better books

Northanger Abbey 36b


The next morning was fair, and Catherine almost expect-

ed another attack from the assembled party. With Mr. Allen

to support her, she felt no dread of the event: but she would

gladly be spared a contest, where victory itself was pain-

ful, and was heartily rejoiced therefore at neither seeing nor

hearing anything of them.
Northanger Abbey 36a

 


 

The Tilneys called for her at the appointed time; and no new

difficulty arising, no sudden recollection, no unexpected

summons, no impertinent intrusion to disconcert their measures,

my heroine was most unnaturally able to fulfil her engagement,

though it was made with the hero himself.
Northanger Abbey 36b

 


 

‘I never look at it,’ said Catherine, as they walked along

the side of the river, ‘without thinking of the south of France.’

‘You have been abroad then?’ said Henry, a little surprised.

‘Oh! No, I only mean what I have read about. It always

puts me in mind of the country that Emily and her father

travelled through, in The Mysteries of Udolpho. But you

never read novels, I dare say?’

‘Why not?’

 


 

‘Because they are not clever enough for you — gentlemen

read better books.’

‘The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not plea-

sure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. I have read

all Mrs. Radcliffe’s works, and most of them with great plea-

sure. The Mysteries of Udolpho, when I had once begun it,

I could not lay down again; I remember finishing it in two

days — my hair standing on end the whole time.’

‘Yes,’ added Miss Tilney, ‘and I remember that you un-

dertook to read it aloud to me, and that when I was called

away for only five minutes to answer a note, instead of wait-

ing for me, you took the volume into the Hermitage Walk,

and I was obliged to stay till you had finished it.’

‘I am very glad to hear it indeed, and now I shall never

be ashamed of liking Udolpho myself. But I really thought

before, young men despised novels amazingly.’

 


 

To be continued

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