Henry suggests that he pay a visit to the Allens, and Catherine joins him. On the walk to the Allens' house, he proposes to her, and she accepts. He explains that his father's bad behavior was due to John Thorpe. In Bath, when John thought Catherine loved him, he told General Tilney that Catherine was from a very wealthy family.
Catherine tells him how excited she is to see the Abbey, and Henry, amused, teases her, asking if she is prepared for the horrors she will meet there. He then tells a hypothetical story about Catherine's visit, complete with mysterious chests, violent storms, and hidden passages.
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Analysis. Mr. Morland and Mrs. Morland are shocked to be asked for Catherine ’s hand in marriage, since it had never occurred to them that she was in love with Mr. Tilney. They can see that he has pleasing manners and good sense, and they happily give their consent for Catherine’s marriage, as soon as the General should give his.
Jan 9, 2001 · Catherine was delighted by the number of balls and concerts there were to attend in Bath. These events were staged the Upper and Lower Rooms. It was in the Lower Rooms that the Master of Ceremonies, James King, introduced Catherine to the book’s hero, Henry Tilney. James King was the actual Master of Ceremonies at the time of Jane’s visit ...
Catherine is invited by the Allens (her wealthier neighbours in Fullerton) to accompany them to visit the city of Bath and partake in the winter season of balls, theatre and other social activities. Soon she is introduced to a young gentleman, Henry Tilney, with whom she dances. Mrs.
- Jane Austen
- United Kingdom
- 1818 (published on December 20, 1817, although the title page is dated 1818)
It is likely because of Mrs. Morland’s innocence that at the beginning of the novel she allows Catherine to go to Bath under the care of Mrs. Allen, an adult without the wisdom to help Catherine navigate Bath society.