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When Catherine Morland is given the opportunity to stay with the childless Allen family in Bath, she is hoping for an adventure of the type she has been reading in novels. Soon introduced to society, she meets Isabella Thorpe and her brother John, a good friend of her own brother, James. She also meets Henry Tilney, a handsome young man from a good family and his sister, Eleanor. Invited to visit the Tilney estate, Northanger Abbey, she has thoughts of romance but soon learns that status, class and money are all equally important when it comes to matters of the heart. Written by
When Mr. Henry Tilney meets Mrs. Morland, he virtually drains his glass, which is then refilled ("I should like to pay my respects"), and drained again ("Perhaps Miss Morland"). See more »
When shall we go into society, Mrs Allen? I suppose it is too late this evening?
Bless you, my child, we neither of us have a stitch to wear!
I did bring my best frock and my pink muslin is not too bad, I think.
No, no, no, no! Would you have us laughed out of Bath?
Resign yourself, Catherine! Shops must be visited! Money must be spent! Do you think you could bear it?
Very easily, sir!
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After almost despairing at the recent Mansfield Park with Billie Piper, it was a huge relief to see this version of Northanger Abbey. Andrew Davies is pretty reliable, I think, and the two leading characters were winningly portrayed by Felicity Jones and J J Feild.
The locations, costumes and hairstyles were all good too. It was a thoroughly entertaining piece.
Of course, reducing the book to not much more than 90 minutes means that a lot has to be sacrificed. In the case of Jane Austen this is done at a higher price than with many other authors, since a key feature of her works is their gentle pace and unhurried witty dialogue
but it was good nonetheless and can be thoroughly recommended.
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