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What Impressions Of Bath In 1800 Does Jane Austen Create In The First Eight Chapters Of Northanger Abbey?

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What Impressions Of Bath In 1800 Does Jane Austen Create In The First Eight Chapters Of Northanger Abbey? Catherine is invited to Bath by Mr. and Mrs. Allen. They are fond of Catherine and have no children of their own and so, when Mr. Allen is sent to Bath on business, they offer to take Catherine with them. At the end of chapter one it says, "If adventures will not befal a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad". Catherine didn't really go out and had never been romantically linked to anyone in her life, so this quote shows that Mr. and Mrs. Allen thought that it would be a good idea to introduce her to such things. They thought that a trip to Bath would be a good opportunity to do so. It also says, "Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way." ...read more.

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Morland worrying about her daughter and warning her about the "Violence of such noblemen and baronets as delight in forcing young ladies away to some remote farm-house." Following this it shows the sort of rules she had set for Catherine. "You will always wrap yourself up very warm about the throat, when you come back from Rooms at night; and I wish you would try to keep some account of the money you spend; - I will give you this little book on purpose." Mrs. Morland is obviously very concerned about the sort of things her daughter is going to be getting up to as she is setting rules and giving a lot of advice to her about how to behave and how to stay safe. Her asking Catherine to keep account of how much money she is spending suggests that the Morlands aren't very well off. ...read more.

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Things like going out and meeting new people were common occurrences during their stay there. At the beginning of chapter three it talks about the sort of things Catherine would do in Bath. "Every morning now brought its regular duties; - shops were to be visited; some new part of the town to be looked at; and the Pump-room to be attended, where they paraded up and down for an hour, looking at everybody and talking to no-one." This shows that Catherine had begun to do more 'girly' things such as shopping as opposed to staying in to read her beloved novels. The description of the Pump-room sounds as though it was a room where you would go, purely just to judge other people and to try and show yourself off to the others there. In the book it comes across as quite a fashionable place to spend time and quite popular with the younger and more fashion conscious people visiting. ...read more.

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