My sweetest Catherine, how have you been this long ago, but I need not ask you, for you look delightfully. You really have done your hair in a more heavenly style than ever: you mischievous creature, do you want to attract everybody? I assure you, my brother is quite in love with you already; and as for Mr. Tilney — but that is a settled thing — even your modesty cannot doubt his attachment now; his coming back to Bath makes it too plain. Oh! What would I not give to see him! I really am quite wild with impatience. My mother says he is the most delightful young man in the world; she saw him this morning you know: you must introduce him to me. Is he in the house now? — Look about for heaven’s sake! I assure you, I can hardly exist till I see him.
— Northanger Abbey, Chapter X
Mr. Tilney is a clergyman. A very fine-looking clergyman. Has caused quite a stir in Bath, but makes very sporadic appearances at balls, teas, etc. Catherine is quite smitten, and now apparently so is her best friend, Ms. Isabella Thorpe.
Can’t you just hear the RAWR of little claws in the above sweet utterance from Isabelle to her “best friend” Catherine? Sweeeet!
(What makes “clergyman” so attractive in a potential mate? Self is bemused but since she is no authority on this period, she’ll just have to take Austen’s word for it that Mr. Tilney is quite a catch)
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.