Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Northanger abbey (a abadia de Northanger [Portuguese])

By Jane Austen:
A Abadia de Northanger - Jane Austen em Fnac.pt [Internet]. Fnac.com. 2017 [cited 10 January 2017]. Available from: http://www.fnac.pt/A-Abadia-de-Northanger-Jane-Austen/a959154.

This novel of Jane Austen is funny, but it still reveals some immaturity, and the romantic emotion is not of the same magnitude as one feels, for example, in «Persuation» or «Pride and Prejudice». The novel ends with a marriage in which there seems no love, there are enchantment and admiration on the part of Catherine and sympathy from Mr. Tilney.
Some more interesting quotes:
  • «Her mother was a woman of useful plain sense, with a good temper, (...).»
  • «(...) she was training for a heroine; she read all such works as heroines must read to supply their memories with those quotations which are so serviceable and so soothing in the vicissitudes of their eventful lives.»
  • «And from Shakespeare, she gained a great store of information - amongst the rest, that - (...) a young woman in love always looks "like Patience (...)/Smiling at Grief."»
  • «(...) when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in a way.»
  • «(...) if adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad, (...).»
  • «(...) it is this delightful habit of journaling which largely contributes to form the easy style of writing which ladies are so celebrated. (...) the talent of writing agreeable letters is peculiarly female. Nature may have done something, but (...) it must be essentially assisted by the practice of keeping a journal."»
  • «Mr. Tilney was polite enough to seem interested in what she said.»
  • «Pump Room», a historic building in the Abbey Church Yard, «Bath», Somerset, England:
By Palmer, 1804. Source: Jane Austen's World. (2008). The Pump Room’s Little-Known and Well-Known Facts. [online] Available at: https://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/2008/10/06/the-pump-rooms-little-known-and-well-known-facts/ [Accessed 28 Jan. 2017].

Entrance to the Pump Room. Source: Jane Austen's World. (2008). The Pump Room’s Little-Known and Well-Known Facts. [online] Available at: https://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/2008/10/06/the-pump-rooms-little-known-and-well-known-facts/ [Accessed 28 Jan. 2017].

1841. Source: Art.bathnes.gov.uk. (n.d.). Collection Search - Search results. [online] Available at: http://art.bathnes.gov.uk/ow23/collections/rechcroisee.xsp?f=Ensemble&v=&f=Placesearch_field&v=Pump+Room&e= [Accessed 28 Jan. 2017].

The Early Eighteenth Century Pump Room, 1855. Source: Art.bathnes.gov.uk. (n.d.). Collection Search - Search results. [online] Available at: http://art.bathnes.gov.uk/ow23/collections/rechcroisee.xsp?f=Ensemble&v=&f=Placesearch_field&v=Pump+Room&e= [Accessed 28 Jan. 2017].
  • «Crescent», a row of 30 terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent in the city of Bath, England:
Bath, L. (n.d.). Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath. [online] VisitEngland. Available at: https://www.visitengland.com/experience/live-sense-and-sensibilities-jane-austens-bath [Accessed 2 Feb. 2017].

de Vos, M. (2005). The Royal Crescent, Bath. [online] Pinterest. Available at: https://pt.pinterest.com/mariammustaffa/the-royal-crescent-bath/ [Accessed 2 Feb. 2017].

  • «(...) curiosity could do no more. (...) This sort of mysteriousness, which is always so becoming in a hero, threw a fresh grace in Catherine's imagination around his person and manners and increased the anxiety to know more of him [Mr. Tilney]. (...) and his impression on her fancy was not suffered therefore to weaken.»
  • «If the heroine of one novel be not patronized by the heroine of another, from whom can she expect protection and regard?»
  • «(...) some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language.»
  • Milsom Street, Bath:
Woodruffe R. Collection Search - Display one record. Artbathnesgovuk. Available at: http://art.bathnes.gov.uk/ow23/collections/voir.xsp?id=00101-11535&qid=sdx_q0&n=3&e=. Accessed March 6, 2017.

TravellingBazaar - Bath Travel Guide. Travellingbazaarcom. 2009. Available at: http://www.travellingbazaar.com/Bath%203.html. Accessed March 6, 2017.

  • «(...) Where the heart is really attached, (...). Everything is so insipid, so interesting, that does not relate to the beloved object! (...).»
  • «(...) It appeared first in a general dissatisfaction with everybody about her, while she remained in the rooms, which speedily brought on considerable weariness and a violent desire to go home. (...).»
  • «(...) she had not been brought up to understand the propensities of a rattle, nor to know to how many idle assertions and impudent falsehoods the excess of vanity will lead. Her own family were plain, matter-of-fact people who seldom aimed at wit of any kind; her father, at the utmost, being contented with a pun, and her mother with a proverb; they were not in the habit therefore of telling lies to increase their importance, or of asserting at one moment what they would contradict the next. (...).»
  • «(...). In a private consultation between Isabella and James, the former of whom had particularly set her heart upon going, and the latter no less anxiously placed his upon pleasing her, (...). (...).»
  • «(...) Where people wish to attach, they should always be ignorant. To come with a well-informed mind is to come with an inability to administering the vanity of others, which a sensible person would always wish to avoid. (...).»
  • «(...): the present was now comprised in another three weeks, and her happiness being certain for that period, the rest of her life was at such distance as to excite but little interest. (...).»
  • «It was wonderful that her friends should seem so little elated by the possession of such a home, that the consciousness of it should be so meekly borne. The power of early habit only would account for it. A distinction to which they have been born gave no pride. They superiority of abode was no more to them than their superiority of person.»
  • «"But now you love a hyacinth. So much the better. You have gained a new source of enjoyment, and it is well to have as many holds upon happiness as possible. (...)?"/(...)/"(...) The mere habit of learning to love is the thing; and a teachableness of disposition in a young lady is a great blessing. (...)?"»
  • «"(...) The money is nothing, it is not an object, but employment is the thing. (...)."»
  • «(...) She could remember dozens who have persevered in every possible vice, going on from crime to crime, murdering whomsoever they chose, without any feeling of humanity or remorse; till a violent death or a religious retirement closed their black career. (...).»
  • «"(...) Does our education prepare us for such atrocities? Do our laws connive at them? Could they be perpetrated without being known, in a country like this, where social and literary intercourse is on such a footing, where every man is surrounded by a neighbourhood of voluntary spies, and where roads and newspaper lay everything open? (...)?"»
  • «(...). (...) when she promise a thing, she was so scrupulous in performing it! (...)!»
  • «"(...) our pleasures in this world are always to be paid for, and (...) we often purchase them at a great disadvantage, giving ready-monied actual happiness for a draft on the future, that be not be honoured. (...)."»
  • «(...) Mrs. Morland endeavoured to impress on her daughter's mind the happiness of having such steady well-wishers (...), and the very little consideration which the neglect or unkindness of slight acquaintance like the Tilneys ought to have with her, while she could preserve the good opinion and affection of her earliest friends. There was a great deal of good sense in all this; but there are some situations of the human mind in which good sense has very little power; (...).»
  • «"There is a very clever essay in one of the books upstairs upon much such a subject, about young girls that have been spoilt for home by great acquaintance - The Mirror, I think. (...)"»
  • «"(...) She is ingenuous, but not stupid, and she is keen to detect the falseness of others, (...) [Afterword by P. D. James, 2014]."»
  • «"(...) She is deeply in love, and it is, more moderately, reciprocated by Henry, whose affection is based on her effusive passion for him [Afterword by P. D. James, 2014]."»
  • «"The reader may wonder if the wedding will be the happiest of all marriages of the six Jane Austen novels. Henry Tilney is a very insightful young man, and Catherine will hardly match him in conversation, wit or intelligence. (...) [Afterword by P. D. James, 2014]."»

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