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Northanger Abbey | Study Guide

Jane Austen

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Chapter 27

Course Hero Literature Instructor Russell Jaffe provides an in-depth summary and analysis of Chapter 27 from Jane Austen's novel Northanger Abbey.

Northanger Abbey | Chapter 27 | Summary



The following morning, back at Northanger Abbey, Catherine Morland receives a letter from Isabella Thorpe finally. Isabella offers an explanation that there was a misunderstanding and asks that Catherine speak to James Morland on her behalf. She says there is nothing with her and Captain Frederick Tilney.

Catherine tells Henry and Eleanor Tilney their brother is "safe." She is quite bitter at the way Isabella has treated James and continues to attempt to deceive. Henry again coaxes her to a better mood and mindset, as he did when she received the letter from James.


When Isabella Thorpe finally reaches out to Catherine Morland, the deceit Catherine has not been able to see previously is so clear that Catherine is angry. Isabella's entire intent is to get Catherine to speak to James Morland. The letter informs Catherine there is nothing between Captain Frederick Tilney and Isabella.

Here, finally, Catherine sees that Isabella is dishonest. As Catherine works through her emotions regarding this letter, Henry Tilney again asks guiding questions to help her see things more accurately.

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