- Catherine Morland is a silly teenage gal who is, like most teenage girls, crushing hard. The object of her desire is a gentleman named Henry Tilney. Through the course of the first part of the book, Catherine pines for Henry while spending time with friends in the town of Bath.
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Henry Tilney shows he can enjoy a good gothic novel, or any novel, without ever mistaking it for reality, whereas Catherine shows that she is somewhat confused with this distinction. Jane Austen will amplify this aspect of Catherine when she is invited to stay at Northanger Abbey, the Tilney family’s home.
Dec 17, 2017 · When we (and the heroine Catherine Morland) first meet Tilney, he is immediately appealing. Austen describes him as “rather tall” with a “pleasing countenance” and “intelligent and ...
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- The Castle of Wolfenbach (1793) by Eliza Parsons
- Clermont (1798) by Regina Maria Roche
- The Mysterious Warning (1796) by Eliza Parsons
- The Necromancer; Or, The Tale of The Black Forest (1794) by Lawrence Flammenberg
- The Orphan of The Rhine (1798) by Eleanor Sleath
- Horrid Mysteries (1796) by Carl Grosse
- Gothic Novels and Jane Austen
So just what were these novels – this “greater mass of trash and rubbish” – that were so degrading to the public? In Northanger Abbey, Isabella Thorpe—a character we quickly learn is not the best guide or role model for any young person—lists them right out for us! Yes, that’s right. Austen gives us, her readers, the exact names of these “horrid” n...
The Castle of Wolfenbachby Eliza Parsons (1793) is the novel that has been printed and reprinted the most, as it is now considered an important literary work from Austen’s day and a “highly readable” Gothic novel of its time. Book Description:Matilda Weimar flees her lecherous and incestuous uncle and seeks refuge in the ancient Castle of Wolfenbac...
Book Description: Clermont is the story of Madeline, a porcelain doll of a Gothic heroine, who lives in seclusion from society with her father, Clermont, whose past is shrouded in mystery. One stormy night, their solitude is interrupted by a benighted traveller, a Countess who turns out to be a friend from Clermont’s past. Madeline goes to live wit...
Book Description:The good old Count Renaud is dead, and his will makes the degenerate Rhodophil his heir, disinheriting his other son Ferdinand, who has married against his father’s wishes. Rhodophil promises to share his new riches with his younger brother and his wife Claudina, but Ferdinand hears a mysterious voice from beyond the grave, warning...
Book Description: “The hurricane was howling, the hailstones beating against windows, the hoarse croaking of the raven bidding adieu to autumn, and the weather-cock’s dismal creaking joined with the mournful dirge of the solitary owl…” The Necromancer consists of a series of interconnected stories, all centering on the enigmatic figure of Volkert t...
Book Description: Seduced and betrayed by a rake, Julie de Rubine lives in seclusion with her infant son, Enrîco. One day, their calm retirement is interrupted by the Marchese de Montferrat, who promises to provide for Julie and her son if she agrees to care for an unfortunate orphan, Laurette, whose origin is shrouded in mystery. Under the assumed...
Book description: A bizarre work whose labyrinthine plot defies summary, Horrid Mysteries(1796) recounts the experiences of Don Carlos and his friend, the Marquis of G******, who become entangled in the web of a secret society bent on world domination. As the heroes flee from place to place across Europe, the agents of this dark confederacy, seemin...
For more on this topic, our own Tony Grant has also written about Austen’s influences and her work on Northanger Abbey in his article, Netley Abbey and the Gothic. In his article, Tony also references an article by John Mullan on the fascinating topic of Gothic literature that is well worth your time: The Origins of the Gothic. In his Rambler No. 4...
Henry Tilney is the leading man in Jane Austen's 1817 novel Northanger Abbey. The younger son of a local landowner, Tilney is comfortably placed as a beneficed clergyman on his father's estate. The younger son of a local landowner, Tilney is comfortably placed as a beneficed clergyman on his father's estate.
- General Tilney
- Miss Eleanor Tilney; Captain Frederick Tilney