Review of Austen’s Northanger Abbey is now up on thebookheap
He is completely overshadowed by Mr Darcy, and to be honest I can never figure out why. Henry Tilney is funny. He is snarky without being rude, he manages to be sarcastic without making his partner feel stupid, he cares for his sister and although I imagine his father and brother are huge pains, he cares for them as well.
And I’m sorry, but Catherine Morland is not the sharpest knife in the drawer; but that just makes Henry Tilney better. If I were to meet a real life Mr. Darcy I would trip over my tongue and makes the most horrid incomprehensible noises because he’s so intelligent and Elizabeth Bennet is so intelligent in kind! What hope am I to have if my heroine is so much smarter than myself? And then Catherine comes along. And Tilney is trapped by her kindness and goodness and, yes, her silliness too.
And just *flail* guh(!) I could go on about Henry Tilney for ages….
Tilney appreication post- I LUFF IT.
18. Moment that made you smile/happy while reading
“I have hitherto been very remiss, madam, in the proper attentions of a partner here; I have not yet asked you how long you have been in Bath; whether you were ever here before; whether you have been at the Upper Rooms, the theatre, and the…