Northanger Abbey (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Jane Austen

By Jane Austen

A perfectly exciting coming-of-age tale, Northanger Abbey is usually known as Jane Austen’s “Gothic parody. Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers supply the tale an uncanny air, yet one with a decidedly satirical twist.

The story’s not likely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably blameless seventeen-year-old girl from a rustic parsonage. whereas spending a couple of weeks in bathtub with a family members buddy, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invitations her to go to his relatives property, Northanger Abbey. as soon as there, Catherine, a superb reader of Gothic thrillers, we could the shadowy surroundings of the outdated mansion fill her brain with bad suspicions. what's the secret surrounding the demise of Henry’s mom? Is the kinfolk concealing a negative mystery in the dependent rooms of the Abbey? Can she belief Henry, or is he a part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine reveals dreadful portents within the such a lot prosaic occasions, till Henry persuades her to determine the peril in complicated lifestyles with art.

Executed with high-spirited gusto, Northanger Abbey is the main lighthearted of Jane Austen’s novels, but at its center this pleasant novel is a major, unsentimental statement on love and marriage.

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That 舠The poor beetle, which we tread upon, In corporal sufferance feels a pang as great As when a giant dies. 舡 And that a young woman in love always looks 舒舠like Patience on a monument Smiling at Giief. 舡4 So far her improvement was sufficient舒and in many other points she came on exceedingly well; for though she could not write sonnets, she brought herself to read them; and though there seemed no chance of her throwing a whole party into raptures by a prelude on the pianoforte, of her own composition, she could listen to other people舗s performance with very little fatigue.

1816 Emma is published. Charlotte Brontȵ is born. 1817 Austen begins the satiric novel Sanditon but puts it aside because of declining health. She dies on July 18 in Win chester and is buried in Winchester Cathedral. 1818 Northanger Abbey and Persuasion are published under Austen舗s brother Henry舗s supervision. Introduction Northanger Abbey is the ideal introduction to Jane Austen舗s novels because in it we see the author defining the parameters of her craft. 舡 Richard Crosby, a London publisher, bought it outright for ţ10 but for some reason never produced the book.

The nation, led in Austen舗s lifetime by the sometimes mad King George III (1738-1820), who ruled between 1760 and 1820, was certainly an idea everyone could identify with, especially when Napoleon threatened to invade, but family connections determined an individual舗s fate in a decisive way: Someone born a peasant was likely to remain one all his life; someone, like Austen herself, born an impecunious 舠gentlewoman,舡 would always remain one, even if that meant never marrying or having children. The fate of women was more fixed than that of men: They could not hope for careers in trade or in the military; their educational opportunities were few (no universities accepted women), and beyond matrimony or being a nursemaid, governess, domestic servant, entertainer, or prostitute, they had few opportunities.

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