Northanger Abbey main character Catherine Morland sitting and reading

Northanger Abbey

by Jane Austen

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What are your thoughts on the friendship between Catherine and Isabella in Northanger Abbey?

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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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