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Write an account of three episodes during Catherine's stay in Northanger Abbey and show in each case how her romantic expectations were unfulfilled.

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Give the attempts made by Catherine to examine the mysterious apartments of Mrs. Tilney. Why was she rebuked by Henry? Catherine had a deep desire to visit the mysterious apartments of Mrs. Tilney, but the General seemed to be against the idea of her going there. So she waited until he left for his early morning walk and then asked Eleanor to take her there. Eleanor agreed and they entered the gallery. Eleanor seemed to be dejected yet composed, but Catherine was excited with the prospect of finally seeing the room. However, the moment they were about to enter the room, "the dreaded figure of the General himself at the further end of the gallery" appeared. ...read more.

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She also "thought the examination would be more satisfactory if made without any companion." She knew she could not search for any evidence of foul play "she felt confident of somewhere drawing forth, in the shape of some fragmented journal" if Eleanor was present. Catherine was familiar with the route to the room and since Henry was expected to arrive the next morning, decided "there was no time to be lost." She made her way to the gallery, and entered the room. She had expected to have her feelings worked, and they were. "Astonishment and doubt first seized them; and a shortly succeeding ray of common sense added some bitter emotions of shame." She was about to leave the room when she heard footsteps behind her. ...read more.

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Tilney. Catherine then said she believed her dying so suddenly, with none of the children at home, was strange, and expressed her feeling that the General "perhaps had not been very fond of her." Henry informed her that his mother had died from a bilious fever and was attended to by a skilled physician. Henry and Frederick had both been at home, only Eleanor had been absent. He told Catherine that his father was affected by her death for a long time and that "he loved her, I am persuaded, as well as it was possible for him to." Henry then rebuked her for her pre-conceived ideas. "Dear Miss Morland, consider the dreadful nature of the suspicions you have entertained." "Remember that we are English, that we are Christians." Catherine was greatly ashamed of her na�ve suspicions and ran to her room. She felt pangs of remorse and cried most bitterly. ...read more.

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