Jennifer Hall

Brit. Lit.

December 4, 2009

Northanger Abbey letter assignment

Isabella to Catherine, while Catherine is at Northanger Abbey asking for help reconciling with James.

My dearest Catherine,

I am very sorry that I have not written to you sooner, but I have been so very busy. Bath does keep one busy with the pump room to visit, the balls at the upper and lower rooms, the concerts, the plays, and shopping for my engagement you see. It has all been amazingly boring without you company, but I have had to endure it all.

I need your help dearest Catherine. I am afraid we will not soon be sisters if your brother cannot be made to see the slight error his has made in judgment. We have had a horrid fight and he his amazingly angry with me. It is all over the silliest thing actually. Men do get so jealous of one another. James says that I pay more attention to Capt. Tilney than I do to him. Isn't that just the silliest of notions? But, I am afraid he is set upon it. I was only being a good friend to Capt. Tilney. After all when his family left, he knew no one else in Bath. It would have been amazingly rude and improper if I were to ignore him since I am now engaged to your loving brother. I was also hoping that Capt Tilney and James would become friends, for your sake. If you do win your Mr. Tilney than we should all be family and it would be wonderful if we were already all good friends, don't you think? But your brother has decided that I was trying to get Capt. Tilney to take me away from him. As if I would want to leave your loving brother. Please write to him on my behalf. I am so desperately unhappy without him. Tell him I shall never love another as long as I live and he has no reason to be upset. Thank you so much.

Affectionately yours,

Isabella

Catherine's response

Miss Thorpe,

I hope this letter finds you and your family well. I have had a letter from my brother, James and he has told me his side of your disagreement. I do not intend to help you in your quest to regain my brother. I believe he is right in his judgment and hope that no one else falls into the same trap as he. I have never known anyone to be as insincere and shallow as you are. We may have been Bath acquaintances for awhile, but I have grownup enough to see you for what you are with the help of my Mr. Tilney. It would please me if we could end our friendship and you did not write to me any longer.

Sincerely,

Catherine Morland