Northanger Abbey. Part 40

Northanger Abbey. Unworthy

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Isabella, on hearing the particulars of the visit, gave a different

explanation: ‘It was all pride, pride, insufferable haughtiness

and pride! She had long suspected the family to be very high,

and this made it certain. Such insolence of behaviour as Miss

Tilney’s she had never heard of in her life! Not to do the

honours of her house with common good breeding! To

behave to her guest with such superciliousness! Hardly

even to speak to her!’

‘But it was not so bad as that, Isabella; there was no su-

perciliousness; she was very civil.’
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‘Oh! Don’t defend her! And then the brother, he, who

had appeared so attached to you! Good heavens! Well, some

people’s feelings are incomprehensible. And so he hardly

looked once at you the whole day?’

‘I do not say so; but he did not seem in good spirits.’

‘How contemptible! Of all things in the world inconstan-

cy is my aversion. Let me entreat you never to think of him

again, my dear Catherine; indeed he is unworthy of you.’

‘Unworthy! I do not suppose he ever thinks of me.’

‘That is exactly what I say; he never thinks of you. Such

fickleness! Oh! How different to your brother and to mine! I

really believe John has the most constant heart.’
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‘But as for General Tilney, I assure you it would be im-

possible for anybody to behave to me with greater civility

and attention; it seemed to be his only care to entertain and

make me happy.’

‘Oh! I know no harm of him; I do not suspect him of

pride. I believe he is a very gentleman-like man. John thinks

very well of him, and John’s judgment — ‘

‘Well, I shall see how they behave to me this evening; we

shall meet them at the rooms.’

‘And must I go?’

‘Do not you intend it? I thought it was all settled.’
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‘Nay, since you make such a point of it, I can refuse you

nothing. But do not insist upon my being very agreeable,

for my heart, you know, will be some forty miles off. And as

for dancing, do not mention it, I beg; that is quite out of the

question. Charles Hodges will plague me to death, I dare

say; but I shall cut him very short. Ten to one but he guesses

the reason, and that is exactly what I want to avoid, so I shall

insist on his keeping his conjecture to himself.’
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To be continued

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