Catherine’s expectations of pleasure from her visit in
Milsom Street were so very high that disappointment was
inevitable; and accordingly, though she was most politely
received by General Tilney, and kindly welcomed by his
daughter, though Henry was at home, and no one else of
the party, she found, on her return, without spending many
hours in the examination of her feelings, that she had gone
to her appointment preparing for happiness which it had not
Instead of finding herself improved in acquaintance with Miss
Tilney, from the intercourse of the day, she
seemed hardly so intimate with her as before; instead of see-
ing Henry Tilney to greater advantage than ever, in the ease
of a family party, he had never said so little, nor been so lit-
tle agreeable; and, in spite of their father’s great civilities to
her — in spite of his thanks, invitations, and compliments
— it had been a release to get away from him. It puzzled her
to account for all this. It could not be General Tilney’s fault.
That he was perfectly agreeable and good-natured, and al-
together a very charming man, did not admit of a doubt, for
he was tall and handsome, and Henry’s father.
To be continued
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