October 12th Saturday 1:30pm

Milton R. Abrahamís Branch Library 5111 N. 90th Street

Omaha Nebraska 68134

Jane Austen Society of North America Ė Nebraska

Groupís Monthly site http://wrldhstry.com/ jasna-omaha.html

 

 

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We will be covering Chapters 28-31 of Northanger Abbey in our October 12th meeting at 1:30pm.

 

To begin perfect happiness at the respective ages of twenty-six and eighteen is to do pretty well

 

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Catherine Morland in an illustration from an 1833 edition of the novel

 

Excerpt from Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey

Chapter 31 (1817)

 

On the strength of this, the general, soon after Eleanor's marriage, permitted his son to return to Northanger, and thence made him the bearer of his consent, very courteously worded in a page full of empty professions to Mr. Morland. The event which it authorized soon followed: Henry and Catherine were married, the bells rang, and everybody smiled; and, as this took place within a twelvemonth from the first day of their meeting, it will not appear, after all the dreadful delays occasioned by the general's cruelty, that they were essentially hurt by it. To begin perfect happiness at the respective ages of twenty-six and eighteen is to do pretty well; and professing myself moreover convinced that the general's unjust interference, so far from being really injurious to their felicity, was perhaps rather conducive to it, by improving their knowledge of each other, and adding strength to their attachment, I leave it to be settled, by whomsoever it may concern, whether the tendency of this work be altogether to recommend parental tyranny, or reward filial disobedience.