I've just got a couple of things to say here, hehe. One, I really enjoy your blog. Two, the actor who plays Henry Tilney in the 2007 movie is adorable and i love him. Also, the way Austen wrote the end of Northanger Abbey just kind of bugs me. Like, it says how Tilney loved Catherine partly because he knew she loved him. This isn't really a question. I just wanted to share my thoughts. Thanks again for this blog!
I always feel like ‘Tilney liked Catherine because of her evident interest in him’ kind of ties into Charlotte’s later assertion in Pride and Prejudice:
“…there are very few of us who have heart enough to be really in love without encouragement. In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better shew more affection than she feels.”
And Charlotte is not wrong. Bingley is ultimately able to be persuaded by his sisters and Darcy that Miss Bennet feels nothing deep for him because Jane’s placid reserve and universal friendliness gives him no indication of her true affections. And in an era where etiquette demands women keep their preferences for a man firmly in check until he makes her an offer (the dilemma then being how much affection shown is too much, and how much does one need to show to make an impression without being Too Obvious) Catherine does not have the guile or experience in society to enable her to feign any emotion–and so her liking for Henry Tilney is something he finds refreshing and rather sweet. It endears her to him, and it wouldn’t be the first time an otherwise decent fellow found he liked an unasked-for ego-boost. His love for Catherine isn’t doubtful or less-worthy simply because he liked that she liked him.