Northanger Abbey. Part 94

Northanger Abbey. Eleanor’s happiness

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The young people could not be surprised at a decision

like this. They felt and they deplored — but they could not

resent it; and they parted, endeavouring to hope that such

a change in the general, as each believed almost impossi-

ble, might speedily take place, to unite them again in the

fullness of privileged affection. Henry returned to what

was now his only home, to watch over his young planta-

tions, and extend his improvements for her sake, to whose

share in them he looked anxiously forward; and Catherine

remained at Fullerton to cry. Whether the torments of ab-

sence were softened by a clandestine correspondence, let us

not inquire. Mr. and Mrs. Morland never did — they had

been too kind to exact any promise; and whenever Cathe-

rine received a letter, as, at that time, happened pretty often,

they always looked another way.
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The means by which their early marriage was effected can be the only doubt: what probable circumstance could work upon a temper like the general’s? The circumstance which chiefly availed was the marriage of his daughter with a man of fortune and consequence, which took place in the course of the summer — an accession of dignity that threw him into a fit of good humour, from which he did not recover till after Eleanor had obtained his forgiveness of Henry, and his permission for him ‘to be a fool if he liked it!’
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To be continued

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