From this time, the subject was frequently canvassed by
the three young people; and Catherine found, with some
surprise, that her two young friends were perfectly agreed
in considering Isabella’s want of consequence and fortune
as likely to throw great difficulties in the way of her marry-
ing their brother.
They were so fully convinced, however, that their brother
would not have the courage to apply in person for his fa-
ther’s consent, and so repeatedly assured her that he had
never in his life been less likely to come to Northanger than
at the present time, that she suffered her mind to be at ease
as to the necessity of any sudden removal of her own.
A day or two passed away and brought no tidings of Cap-
tain Tilney. His brother and sister knew not what to think.
Sometimes it appeared to them as if his silence would be
the natural result of the suspected engagement, and at oth-
ers that it was wholly incompatible with it.
To be continued
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