Northanger Abbey. Part 52

Northanger Abbey. Going to the abbey

Northanger Abbey 52c


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.
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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.’
Northanger Abbey 52b


 

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.
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To be continued

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