Northanger Abbey. Part 62

Northanger Abbey. Exploring the Abbey

Northanger Abbey 62b


Shortly after breakfast Henry left them for Woodston,

where business required and would keep him two or three

days. They all attended in the hall to see him mount his

horse, and immediately on re-entering the breakfast-room,

Catherine walked to a window in the hope of catching an-

other glimpse of his figure. ‘This is a somewhat heavy call

upon your brother’s fortitude,’ observed the general to Elea-

nor. ‘Woodston will make but a sombre appearance today.’
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‘Is it a pretty place?’ asked Catherine.

‘What say you, Eleanor? Speak your opinion, for ladies

can best tell the taste of ladies in regard to places as well

as men. I think it would be acknowledged by the most im-

partial eye to have many recommendations. The house

stands among fine meadows facing the south-east, with an

excellent kitchen-garden in the same aspect; the walls sur-

rounding which I built and stocked myself about ten years

ago, for the benefit of my son. It is a family living, Miss Mor-

land; and the property in the place being chiefly my own,

you may believe I take care that it shall not be a bad one.

Did Henry’s income depend solely on this living, he would

not be ill-provided for. Perhaps it may seem odd, that with

only two younger children, I should think any profession

necessary for him; and certainly there are moments when

we could all wish him disengaged from every tie of busi-

ness. But though I may not exactly make converts of you

young ladies, I am sure your father, Miss Morland, would

agree with me in thinking it expedient to give every young

man some employment. The money is nothing, it is not an

object, but employment is the thing. Even Frederick, my el-

dest son, you see, who will perhaps inherit as considerable

a landed property as any private man in the county, has his

profession.’
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Something had been said the evening before of her being

shown over the house, and he now offered himself as her

conductor; and though Catherine had hoped to explore it

accompanied only by his daughter, it was a proposal of too

much happiness in itself, under any circumstances, not to be

gladly accepted; for she had been already eighteen hours in

the abbey, and had seen only a few of its rooms.
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To be continued

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