Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!
I am nearly done with a reread of Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, which is this month's classics group read for GR's The Next Best Book Club. While I liked the novel the first time through, I think I have enjoyed this second reading even more. Here's a sampling for you...
(Opening lines)~*~*~*~“I did not think you had been so obstinate,
Catherine,” said James; ‘you were not used to be so hard to persuade; you once were the kindest, best-tempered of my sisters.”“I hope I am not less so now,” she replied, very feelingly; “but indeed I cannot go. If I am wrong, I am doing what I believe to be right.”(Chapter 13, exchange between Catherineand her brother James)~*~*~*~“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”(Chapter 14, to Henry Tilney Catherine)
ABOUT THE BOOK
First published in December 1817 (posthumously).
Northanger Abbey is Jane Austen's amusing and bitingly satirical pastiche of the 'Gothic' romances popular in her day.
Catherine Morland, an unremarkable tomboy as a child, is thrown amongst all the 'difficulties and dangers' of Bath at the ripe age of seventeen. Armed with an unworldly charm and a vivid imagination, she must overcome the caprices of elegant society, encountering along the way such characters as the vacuous Mrs Allen, coquettish Isabella and the brash bully John Thorpe. Catherine's invitation to Northanger Abbey, in her eyes a haven of coffins, skeletons and other Gothic devices, does lead to an adventure, though one she didn't expect, and her misjudgement of the ambitious, somewhat villainous General Tilney is not wholly unjustified. However, with the aid of the 'unromantic' hero Henry Tilney, Catherine gradually progresses towards maturity and self-knowledge.