Chapter 16 Summary

Catherine reflects on her previous evening’s dinner with the Tilneys; she cannot help but be disappointed. When she analyzes why this is so, she finds the following reason: Miss Tilney was rather withdrawn. The dinner did little to increase any sense of intimacy between them. With Henry, Catherine was surprised at how little he talked, less than at other meetings. Although she cannot blame General Tilney for the change in the brother’s or the sister’s manners, Catherine determines that she was glad to be rid of the father. She will wait, however, before defining her relationship with Henry and Eleanor Tilney. They will be at the dance that night. Catherine will see if the previous evening’s encounter has permanently changed...

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