It is the Jane Austen buddy bosom novel, a tale which makes you feel juvenile and carefree. Northanger Abbey is a friendly story that makes you feel warm and adventurous. The note guiding in the beginning is indicative of the influence of the reading choice of ‘the day’ on the author’s characterization of Catherine, the lead lady of the story. Additionally, the preview of the “Advertisement by the authoress, to Northanger Abbey’ says
“And that during that period, places, manners, books, and opinions have undergone considerable changes,”
shows how the publisher is aware that the passage of time has an effect on the reader’s perception of a book concerning its social content. It is interesting to note that at the time Jane Austen penned Northanger Abbey in 1788-89, Gothic Literature was the popular reading choice of the day.
There is a school of thought that men only read more sophisticated books however Jane Austen thrashed this belief in Mr. Tilney. Mr. Tilney is fond of reading and abreast with the Literacy world ‘sticking’ up for historians. I believe this works out excellently for the story because Jane Austen created an intellectually stimulating hero. Mr. Tilney ‘ nice’ mouth is a result of a mixture of his natural charm and reading. A quality which allowed him to relate to Catherine with such ease, creating a beautiful atmosphere for our heroine to grow fondly of her hero.
A review written so very long ago and left to nest in The Draft