Her tranquillity was not improved by the general’s impatience for the appearance of his eldest son, nor by the displeasure he expressed at his laziness when Captain Tilney at last came down. She was quite pained by the severity of his father’s reproof, which seemed disproportionate to the offence; and much was her concern increased when she found herself the principal cause of the lecture, and that his tardiness was chiefly resented from being disrespectful to her. This was placing her in a very uncomfortable situation, and she felt great compassion for Captain Tilney, without being able to hope for his goodwill.
He listened to his father in silence, and attempted not
any defence, which confirmed her in fearing that the inqui-
etude of his mind, on Isabella’s account, might, by keeping
him long sleepless, have been the real cause of his rising late.
It was the first time of her being decidedly in his company,
and she had hoped to be now able to form her opinion of
him; but she scarcely heard his voice while his father re-
mained in the room; and even afterwards, so much were
his spirits affected, she could distinguish nothing but these
words, in a whisper to Eleanor, ‘How glad I shall be when
you are all off.’
Catherine’s spirits revived as they drove from the door; for with Miss Tilney she felt no restraint; and, with the interest of a road entirely new to her, of an abbey before, and a curricle behind, she caught the last view of Bath without any regret, and met with every milestone before she expected it.
To be continued
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