Northanger Abbey. Part 9

Northanger Abbey. The joys of friendship

Northanger Abbey 9a

As soon as divine service was over, the Thorpes and

Allens eagerly joined each other; and after staying long

enough in the pump-room to discover that the crowd was

insupportable, and that there was not a genteel face to be

seen, which everybody discovers every Sunday throughout

the season, they hastened away to the Crescent, to breathe

the fresh air of better company.

Here Catherine and Isabella, arm in arm, again tasted the

sweets of friendship in an unreserved conversation;

they talked much, and with much enjoyment; but again

was Catherine disappointed in her hope of reseeing her partner.
Northanger Abbey 9b

His name was not in the pump-room book, and curiosity could do no

more. He must be gone from Bath. Yet he had not mentioned that

his stay would be so short! This sort of mysteriousness, which is

always so becoming in a hero, threw a fresh grace in Catherine’s

imagination around his person and manners, and increased her

anxiety to know more of him.
Northanger Abbey 9c

It was a subject,

however, in which she often indulged with her fair friend,

from whom she received every possible encouragement to

continue to think of him; and his impression on her fancy

was not suffered therefore to weaken. Isabella was very sure

that he must be a charming young man, and was equally

sure that he must have been delighted with her dear Cath-

erine, and would therefore shortly return.
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The progress of the friendship between Catherine and Is-

abella was quick as its beginning had been warm, and they

passed so rapidly through every gradation of increasing

tenderness that there was shortly no fresh proof of it to be

given to their friends or themselves. They called each oth-

er by their Christian name, were always arm in arm when

they walked, pinned up each other’s train for the dance, and

were not to be divided in the set; and if a rainy morning de-

prived them of other enjoyments, they were still resolute in

meeting in defiance of wet and dirt, and shut themselves

up, to read novels together.
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To be continued

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