- The novel is one of the superb novels by Jane Austen.
- This is primarily a coming of age story about one Catherine Morland.
- She is a sweet, plain-spoken, naive 18-year-old young lady who goes to Bath with the Allens, a respectable older couple.
- She doesn’t recognize hyperbole and is extremely gullible.
- At the Pump Room, she makes the acquaintance of the aforementioned Isabella whose brother John, as it happens, is good friends with James, Catherine’s brother.
- Catherine also makes the acquaintance of Henry Tilney and his sister Eleanor, who are much pleasanter company than the Thorpe siblings.
- As the story goes on, she also meets Captain Tilney, Henry and Eleanor’s older brother, and General Tilney, their father.
- The book title is taken from the name of General Tilney’s residence in Gloucestershire, where Catherine has a very confusing and eventful visit.
- By the book’s end, she is older and wiser when it comes to recognizing duplicitous people.
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