Northanger Abbey main character Catherine Morland sitting and reading

Northanger Abbey

by Jane Austen
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What do you think of the friendship between Catherine and Isabella? Catherine and Isabella have a very different relationship then what you actually think, and Isabella seems to be the opposite of Catherine.

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First of all, they are not social equals. It was unusual in Victorian times for two girls of different status to be friends. Catherine had a sponsor, but that did not make her part of the upper class. Their behavior reflects this.
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