Northanger Abbey – University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts

Northanger Abbey – University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts


[MUSIC PLAYING] VOICES: (MRS. MORLAND,
MRS. ALLEN) CATHERINE! CATHERINE! JANE: NO ONE WHO HAD EVER SEEN
CATHERINE MORLAND IN HER INFANCY WOULD HAVE THOUGHT HER BORN
TO BE AN HEROINE. HER SITUATION IN LIFE,
THE CHARACTER OF HER FATHER AND MOTHER, HER OWN
PERSON AND DISPOSITION, WERE ALL EQUALLY
AGAINST HER. CATHERINE LOVED ALL BOYS PLAYS,
AND GREATLY PREFERRED CRICKET TO DOLLS. SHE NEVER COULD LEARN
OR UNDERSTAND ANYTHING WITHOUT FIRST BEING TAUGHT
AND SOMETIMES NOT EVEN THEN. SHE WAS OFTEN INATTENTIVE AND
OCCASIONALLY STUPID. SHE HAD NEITHER A BAD PART NOR A
BAD TEMPER, WAS SELDOM STUBBORN, WITH FEW INTERRUPTIONS
OF TYRANNY SHE WAS MOREOVER NOISY AND WILD,
HATED CONFINEMENT AND CLEANLINESS AND LOVED NOTHING SO
WELL IN THE WORLD AS ROLLING DOWN THE GREEN SLOPE
AT THE BACK OF THE HOUSE. AT 17, CATHERINE WAS IN TRAINING
FOR A HEROINE. SHE READ ALL SUCH WORKS
AS HEROINES MUST READ, NOVELS FILLED WITH HORROR
AND TERROR, WHICH AS WE KNOW CAN BEST PREPARE A YOUNG
LADY FOR THE DEMANDS SURE TO BEFALL HER
IN SOCIETY. CATHERINE: “AND THUS SHE STOOD. THE LIGHT GLIMMERED UNDER AN
OPPOSITE DOOR OF THE GALLERY AND FROM ITS SITUATION SHE KNEW,
THAT IT WAS THE DOOR OF THAT MYSTERIOUS CHAMBER WHERE SHE HAD
MADE A DISCOVERY SO SHOCKING THAT SHE NEVER REMEMBERED IT
WITHOUT THE UTMOST HORROR. BUT HER FEELINGS WERE NOW IN SUCH
A STATE OF WEAKNESS THAT SHE ALMOST EXPECTED TO SEE THE DOOR
OPEN AND SOME HORRIBLE OBJECT
APPEAR AT IT.” JANE: AT PRESENT CATHERINE DID
NOT KNOW HER OWN POVERTY FOR SHE
HAD NO LOVER TO SWOON UPON, SHE
HAD REACHED THE AGE OF SEVENTEEN, WITHOUT HAVING SEEN
ONE AMIABLE YOUNG GENTLEMAN WHO COULD CALL FORTH HER SENSIBILITY
AND WITHOUT HAVING INSPIRED ONE REAL PASSION. THERE WAS NOT ONE
FAMILY AMONG THEIR ACQUAINTANCE WHO
HAD REARED AND SUPPORTED A BOY FOUND ACCIDENTALLY AT
THEIR DOORSTEP. NOT ONE YOUNG MAN WHOSE
MYSTERIOUS ORIGIN PROMISED A DARK AND DANGEROUS ROMANCE,
BUT WHEN A YOUNG LADY IS TO BE A HEROINE, SOMETHING MUST AND WILL
HAPPEN TO THROW A HERO IN HER WAY. ENTER CATHERINE’S MOTHER,
MRS. MORLAND. [MUSIC PLAYING] MRS. MORLAND: WHAT IS REMARKABLE
ABOUT ME IS MY GOOD AND STRONG CONSTITUTION. I HAD THREE SONS
BEFORE CATHERINE WAS BORN; AND INSTEAD OF DYING IN BRINGING THE
LATTER INTO THE WORLD, AS ANYBODY MIGHT EXPECT, I STILL
LIVED ON-LIVED TO HAVE SIX CHILDREN MORE –
TO SEE THEM GROWING UP AROUND ME, AND TO ENJOY EXCELLENT
HEALTH MYSELF. JANE: AND MRS. ALLEN, WAS THE MORLAND’S WEALTHY
NEIGHBOR, A GOOD-NATURED WOMAN, WHO HAD NEITHER BEAUTY, GENIUS,
ACCOMPLISHMENT, NOR MANNER. DRESS WAS HER PASSION. MRS. ALLEN: I AM VERY FOND OF CATHERINE MORLAND AND IN ONE
RESPECT, I AM ADMIRABLY FITTED TO INTRODUCE A YOUNG LADY INTO PUBLIC SINCE I AM AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN EAGER TO GO
EVERYWHERE AND TO SEE EVERYTHING. FURTHERMORE, I
AM AWARE THAT IF ADVENTURES WILL NOT BEFALL A
YOUNG LADY IN HER OWN VILLAGE, THEN SHE
MUST SEEK THEM ELSEWHERE. MRS. ALLEN: CATHERINE, YOU ENJOY
READING NOVELS OF HORROR? CATHERINE: YES, THEY ARE
MY FAVORITES- ALL STORY AND NO
TEDIOUS REFLECTION. MRS. MORLAND: CATHERINE’S
APPEARANCES ARE MENDING, ARE THEY NOT, MRS. ALLEN? SHE GROWS
QUITE A GOOD-LOOKING GIRL-SHE IS ALMOST PRETTY TODAY! MRS. ALLEN: INDEED. MY DEAR CATHERINE,
HOW WOULD YOU FANCY A TRIP TO ACCOMPANY ME TO BATH FOR
SIX WEEKS? ITS SOCIETY WILL
INTRODUCE YOU TO MANY FASHIONABLE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN
THE LIKES OF WHICH HAVE NEVER INHABITED HERE AT FULLERTON. CATHERINE: BATH? OH YES,
MRS. ALLEN. YES! THANK YOU! MRS ALLEN: YOU TUMBLE MY SKIRT,
DEAR. COME ALONG! MRS MORLAND: WRITE ME AS SOON AS
YOU ARRIVE, DEAR. GOODBYE! [MUSIC PLAYING] CATHERINE: BATH! CATHERINE: HOW BEAUTIFUL BATH IS!
WHERE SHALL WE GO FIRST, MRS. ALLEN? THE LOWER ROOMS? THE
THEATRE? MRS. ALLEN: NEITHER, MY DEAR.
YOU MUST ATTEND YOUR FIRST BALL! [MUSIC PLAYING] MRS ALLEN: NOW REMEMBER THE
THREE NOS OF PUBLIC DANCING IN BATH IF YOU SAY NO TO ONE
PARTNER YOU MUST SAY NO TO ALL. PUFF UP YOUR SLEEVE, DEAR. TWO: NO MORE THAN TWO DANCES
WITH THE SAME PARTNER; ANYTHING MORE IS SCANDALOUS. AND – OH THERE’S MRS. THORPE!
HMM…SILK AND NOT INDIAN MUSLIN HOW ODD – AND THREE:
NO NEW PARTNER UNLESS YOU ARE INTRODUCED BY ME OR, THE
MASTER OF CEREMONIES. MY DEAR,
DO TAKE THIS PIN OUT OF MY SLEEVE. MRS. ALLEN: OH, I WISH YOU COULD
DANCE, MY DEAR! SUCH A FINE DRESS. I WISH YOU COULD
GET A PARTNER! CATHERINE: AS DO I – BUT I HAVE
NO ACQUAINTANCE HERE. MRS ALLEN: OH THERE’S MRS THORPE.
I SHALL RETURN PRESENTLY, MY DEAR. YOO HOO! MRS
THORPE! JANE: NO SOONER HAD MRS. ALLEN EXITED TO SEE HER
FORMER SCHOOL FRIEND THAN THE MASTER OF CEREMONIES
APPROACHED A CERTAIN MR. HENRY TILNEY WHO REQUESTED
AN INVITATION TO MEET OUR HEROINE. HE WISHED TO DANCE WITH HER. CATHERINE FELT HERSELF IN HIGH LUCK. THIS IS WHY I STICK TO NOVELS,
GIVE IT A MOMENT.
[MUSIC PLAYING] HENRY: I AM VERY REMISS, MADAM, IN THE PROPER ATTENTIONS
OF A PARTNER HERE; I HAVE NOT YET ASKED YOU HOW LONG YOU HAVE BEEN
IN BATH; WHETHER YOU WERE EVER HERE BEFORE; WHETHER YOU HAVE
BEEN TO THE THEATRE, AND THE CONCERT; AND HOW YOU LIKE THE
PLACE ALTOGETHER. I HAVE BEEN VERY NEGLIGENT-
I WILL BEGIN DIRECTLY. CATHERINE: YOU NEED NOT GIVE
YOURSELF THAT TROUBLE, SIR. HENRY: NO TROUBLE,
I ASSURE YOU, MADAM. HAVE YOU BEEN LONG IN BATH,
MADAM? CATHERINE: ABOUT A WEEK, SIR.
HENRY: REALLY! CATHERINE: WHY SHOULD YOU BE
SURPRISED, SIR? BUT SOME EMOTION MUST APPEAR TO BE RAISED BY YOUR REPLY, AND
SURPRISE IS MORE EASILY ASSUMED. NOW LET US GO ON. WERE YOU NEVER
HERE BEFORE, MADAM? CATHERINE: NEVER, SIR. HENRY: AND ARE YOU ENJOYING YOURSELF?
CATHERINE: YES, VERY MUCH. HENRY: NOW I MUST GIVE ONE
SMIRK, AND THEN WE MAY BE RATIONAL AGAIN. I SEE WHAT YOU THINK OF ME. I SHALL MAKE BUT A POOR FIGURE IN
YOUR JOURNAL TOMORROW. CATHERINE: MY JOURNAL! HENRY: YES, I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT
YOU WILL SAY: FRIDAY, WENT TO
THE LOWER ROOMS BUT WAS STRANGELY HARASSED BY A QUEER,
HALF-WITTED MAN, WHO WOULD MAKE ME DANCE WITH HIM,
AND DISTRESSED ME BY HIS NONSENSE. CATHERINE: INDEED, I
SHALL SAY NO SUCH THING! HENRY: SHALL I TELL YOU WHAT YOU
OUGHT TO SAY? CATHERINE: IF YOU PLEASE. HENRY: I DANCED WITH A VERY
AGREEABLE YOUNG MAN, INTRODUCED BY MR. KING; HAD A GREAT DEAL OF
CONVERSATION WITH HIM-SEEMS A MOST EXTRAORDINARY GENIUS –
HOPE I MAY KNOW MORE OF HIM. THAT MADAM, IS WHAT I WISH YOU TO SAY. CATHERINE: BUT, PERHAPS,
I KEEP NO JOURNAL. HENRY: PERHAPS YOU ARE NOT
STANDING IN THIS ROOM, AND I AM NOT STANDING BY
YOU. THESE ARE POINTS IN WHICH A DOUBT IS
EQUALLY POSSIBLE. NOT KEEP A JOURNAL! HENRY: WHAT ARE YOU THINKING OF SO EARNESTLY? NOT OF YOUR
PARTNER, I HOPE, FOR, BY THAT SHAKE OF THE HEAD, YOUR
MEDITATIONS ARE NOT SATISFACTORY. CATHERINE: I WAS NOT THINKING OF
ANYTHING. HENRY: THAT IS ARTFUL AND DEEP, TO BE SURE; BUT I HAD RATHER BE TOLD AT ONCE THAT YOU WILL
NOT TELL ME. CATHERINE: WELL THEN, I WILL NOT.
HENRY: THANK YOU. I PRAY WE SHALL SOON BE
BETTER ACQUAINTED, AS I AM NOW AUTHORIZED TO TEASE
YOU ON THIS SUBJECT WHENEVER WE
MEET AND I FIND THAT NOTHING IN THE WORLD ADVANCES INTIMACY SO MUCH AS TEASING, MISS MORLAND.
MRS. ALLEN: ISABELLA! CATHERINE, YOU
MUST MEET MISS THORPE! HER MOTHER AND I WERE
SCHOOLMATES MANY YEARS AGO. ISABELLA: MISS MORLAND! HOW
DELIGHTFUL TO MEET YOU! YOU KNOW, I ALREADY CONSIDER US
FRIENDS – MY BROTHER JOHN AND YOUR BROTHER, JAMES, ARE VERY
WELL ACQUAINTED. THEY ARE AT OXFORD TOGETHER. CATHERINE: OH, YES, MISS THORPE! JAMES
VISITED YOU LAST CHRISTMAS! HOW DO YOU DO? ISABELLA: VERY WELL, THANK YOU!
A LOVELY DANCE. YOUR PARTNER SEEMED VERY AGREEABLE.
CATHERINE: MR. TILNEY, YES. VERY
AGREEABLE INDEED! ISABELLA: I HOPE HE DOES NOT
PROVE A MONTONI. CATHERINE: (WITH SURPRISE AND DELIGHT) YOU HAVE READ UDOLPHO!!
ISABELLA: YES! MRS. RADCLIFFE IS MY FAVORITE! I FIND UDOLPHO MORE HORRID
THAN THE ITALIAN OR A SICILIAN ROMANCE. CATHERINE: I HAVE NOT YET READ THOSE. ISABELLA: THEN WE SHALL MEET FOR
TEA TOMORROW AND YOU WILL ACCOMPANY ME TO THE BOOKSHOP
WHERE I AM TO BORROW MRS.
RADCLIFFE’S ROMANCE OF THE FOREST. IT IS HER VERY LATEST. CATHERINE: YOU ARE TOO KIND,
MISS THORPE. ISABELLA: AND PERHAPS WE SHALL
MEET YOUR MR. TILNEY ON OUR WAY.
CATHERINE: OH, HE IS NOT MY MR.
TILNEY, I ASSURE YOU.
ISABELLA: HE MAY BE SO IN YOUR
DREAMS TONIGHT. ISABELLA: WHERE IS HE FROM? MRS. ALLEN: MR. TILNEY IS A
CLERGYMAN, AND OF A VERY
RESPECTABLE FAMILY IN
GLOUCESTERSHIRE. JANE: FORTUNATELY, MRS. ALLEN
HAD TAKEN PAINS TO KNOW WHO CATHERINE’S PARTNER WAS. THE
LADY FURTHER EXPLAINED THAT IT WOULD BE VERY IMPROPER THAT A YOUNG LADY SHOULD DREAM OF A
GENTLEMAN BEFORE THE GENTLEMAN IS FIRST KNOWN TO HAVE DREAMT OF HER. HOW PROPER MR. TILNEY MIGHT BE A DREAMER, OR A LOVER, HAD
NOT YET PERHAPS ENTERED MRS.
ALLEN’S HEAD. JANE: FOR DAYS AFTERWARDS,
CATHERINE HOPED TO RUN INTO HENRY TILNEY. BUT HE WAS NOWHERE
TO BE MET WITH; EVERY SEARCH FOR
HIM WAS UNSUCCESSFUL. JANE: THIS SORT OF
MYSTERIOUSNESS, WHICH IS ALWAYS
SO BECOMING IN A HERO, THREW A
FRESH GRACE IN CATHERINE’S
IMAGINATION AROUND HIS PERSON
AND MANNERS, AND INCREASED HER
ANXIETY TO KNOW MORE OF HIM. FORTUNATELY, SHE TOOK SOLACE IN HER FRIENDSHIP WITH ISABELLA,
THE PROGRESS WAS AS QUICK AS ITS
BEGIN HAD GONE HAD BEEN WARM.
THEY CALLED EACH OTHER BY THEIR
CHASE CHAN NAME, ALWAYS ARM AND
ARM WHEN WALKED, WERE NOT TO BE
DIVIDED, AND IF A RAINY MORNING
… DEPRIVED THEM OF OTHER
ENJOYMENTS THEY WERE MORE THAN CONTENT TO SHUT THEMSELVES UP TO
READ NOVELS TOGETHER.
YES, NOVELS. I WILL NOT ADOPT
THAT UNGENEROUS CUSTOM SO COMMON
WITH OTHER NOVEL WRITERS OF NOT PERMITTING THEIR OWN HEROINE TO READ A NOVEL. ALAS! IF THE HEROINE OF ONE NOVEL CANNOT
PATRONIZE THE HEROINE OF
ANOTHER, WHAT IS THIS WORLD? LET US NOT DESERT ONE ANOTHER; WE
ARE AN INJURED BODY. OUR NOVELS HAVE AFFORDED IMMEASURABLE PLEASURE IN THE WORLD YET NO SPECIES OF COMPOSITION HAS BEEN SO MUCH CRITICIZED. REVIEWERS UNDERVALUE THE LABOR OF THE
NOVELIST, THEIR GENIUS, WIT, AND TASTE. IT IS NOT UNCOMMON TO HEAR, “AND WHAT ARE YOU READING,
MISS?” “OH, IT’S ONLY A NOVEL.” ONLY SOME WORK IN WHICH THE GREATEST POWERS OF THE MIND ARE DISPLAYED, IN WHICH THE MOST THOROUGH KNOWLEDGE OF HUMAN
NATURE, THE LIVELIEST EFFUSIONS OF WIT AND HUMOR ARE CONVEYED TO
THE WORLD IN THE BEST CHOSEN
LANGUAGE. ONLY A NOVEL. [LAUGHTER]
THANK YOU. ISABELLA: HAVE YOU FINISHED THE
MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO?
CATHERINE: I HAVE BEEN READING
IT EVER SINCE I WOKE; AND I AM
NOT YET GOT TO THE BLACK VEIL.
ISABELLA: OH! I WOULD NOT TELL
YOU WHAT IS BEHIND THE VEIL FOR THE WORLD! ARE YOU NOT WILD TO
KNOW? CATHERINE: OH! YES, QUITE; WHAT
CAN IT BE? BUT DO NOT TELL ME-I WOULD NOT BE TOLD UPON ANY
ACCOUNT. I KNOW IT MUST BE A SKELETON OH! I AM DELIGHTED WITH
THE BOOK! I SHOULD LIKE TO SPEND MY WHOLE LIFE IN READING IT.
ISABELLA: WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED
UDOLPHO WE WILL READ MYSTERIOUS
WARNINGS TOGETHER. I MADE A LIST OF TEN OR TWELVE MORE OF THE
SAME KIND FOR YOU. CATHERINE: HAVE YOU INDEED! HOW
GLAD I AM! BUT ARE THEY ALL
HORRID? CATHERINE: THE ORPHAN OF THE
RHINE, CASTLE OF WOLFENBACH,
NECROMANCER OF THE BLACK FOREST• CATHERINE: THANK YOU, DEAREST
ISABELLA. ISABELLA: THERE IS NOTHING I
WOULD NOT DO FOR THOSE WHO ARE
REALLY MY FRIENDS. I HAVE NO
NOTION OF LOVING PEOPLE BY
HALVES; IT IS NOT MY NATURE. THE MEN THINK US INCAPABLE OF REAL FRIENDSHIP, YOU KNOW, AND I AM
DETERMINED TO SHOW THEM THE
DIFFERENCE. NOW, IF I WERE TO
HEAR ANYBODY SPEAK SLIGHTINGLY
OF YOU, I SHOULD FIRE UP IN A
MOMENT: BUT THAT IS NOT AT ALL LIKELY, FOR YOU ARE JUST THE KIND OF GIRL TO BE A GREAT
FAVORITE WITH THE MEN. CATHERINE: OH, DEAR, HOW CAN YOU
SAY SO?
ISABELLA: AFTER WE PARTED YESTERDAY I SAW A YOUNG MAN
LOOKING AT YOU SO EARNESTLY – I AM SURE HE IS IN LOVE WITH YOU. IT IS VERY TRUE, UPON MY HONOR,
BUT I SEE HOW IT IS; YOU ARE
INDIFFERENT TO EVERYBODY’S ADMIRATION, EXCEPT THAT OF ONE
GENTLEMAN, WHO SHALL BE NAMELESS. NAY, I CANNOT BLAME YOU – YOUR FEELINGS ARE EASILY
UNDERSTOOD. CATHERINE: BUT DO NOT PERSUADE
ME TO THINK SO VERY MUCH ABOUT MR. TILNEY, FOR PERHAPS I MAY
NEVER SEE HIM AGAIN. ISABELLA: NOT SEE HIM AGAIN! MY
DEAREST CREATURE, DO NOT TALK OF IT! I AM SURE YOU WOULD BE
MISERABLE IF YOU THOUGHT SO! CATHERINE: NO, INDEED, I SHOULD
NOT. I DO NOT PRETEND TO SAY
THAT I WAS NOT VERY MUCH PLEASED
WITH HIM; BUT WHILE I HAVE UDOLPHO TO READ, I FEEL AS IF
NOBODY COULD MAKE ME MISERABLE. OH! THE DREADFUL BLACK VEIL! MY
DEAR ISABELLA, I AM SURE THERE
MUST BE LAURENTINA’S SKELETON
BEHIND IT.
ISABELLA: BUT MY DEAREST
CATHERINE, HAVE YOU SETTLED WHAT
TO WEAR TO THE THEATRE TONIGHT? A WOMAN MUST BE VERY PARTICULAR
ABOUT EVERY DETAIL OF HER DRESS.
THE MEN TAKE NOTICE OF THAT, YOU
KNOW. CATHERINE: OH? BUT THEY NEVER
SAY SO IF THEY DO. ISABELLA: OH, HEAVENS! I MAKE IT A RULE NEVER TO MIND WHAT THEY
SAY. THEY ARE THE MOST CONCEITED
CREATURES IN THE WORLD AND THINK
THEMSELVES OF SO MUCH
IMPORTANCE!
CATHERINE: ARE THEY? I NEVER
OBSERVED THAT. WHAT SORT OF PLAY IS IT TONIGHT? A COMEDY?
ISABELLA: OH NO! IT’S A GHASTLY
PANTOMIME. MURDER, LOCKED DOORS, HIDDEN ROOMS!
CATHERINE: HOW DELIGHTFUL! [MUSIC PLAYING] JANE: IT IS GENERALLY ACCEPTED
IN SOCIETY THAT AN EVENING SPENT
AT THE THEATRE IS AS MUCH AN
OPPORTUNITY FOR MAKING
ACQUAINTANCES AS A DANCE OR A
VISIT TO THE PUMP ROOM. A CLEVER YOUNG LADY SHOULD VALUE A SEAT WHICH ALLOWS AS MANY EYES TO BE UPON HER AS POSSIBLE OVER ONE
WHICH PROVIDES A VIEW OF THE
STAGE – BUT CATHERINE MORLAND WAS TOTALLY IGNORANT OF THE
FINER POINTS OF THEATRE-GOING AND PAID ENTIRELY TOO MUCH
ATTENTION TO THE PLAY.
ISABELLA: CATHERINE, LOOK! IT IS YOUR BROTHER, JAMES, AND MY
BROTHER, JOHN! [MUSIC PLAYING] CATHERINE: GOOD HEAVEN! JAMES! [MUSIC PLAYING] [KNOCKING] [MUSIC PLAYING]
CATHERINE, MEET MY BROTHER JOHN!
WE DID NOT EXPECT TO SEE YOU
AGAIN SO SOON.
JOHN: (GREETS CATHERINE EAGERLY)
MISS MORLAND!
JOHN: HOW LONG DO YOU THINK WE
HAVE BEEN RUNNING IT FROM TETBURY, MISS MORLAND?
CATHERINE: I DO NOT KNOW THE
DISTANCE. JAMES: IT IS THREE AND TWENTY
MILES.
JOHN: THREE AND TWENTY! FIVE AND
TWENTY IF IT IS AN INCH. I DEFY
ANY MAN IN ENGLAND TO PERSUADE
MY HORSE TO GO LESS THAN TEN MILES AN HOUR IN HARNESS. THAT
MAKES IT FIVE AND TWENTY. THIS BROTHER OF YOURS WOULD DRIVE ME
OUT OF MY SENSES, MISS MORLAND.
ARE YOU FOND OF AN OPEN CARRIAGE, MISS MORLAND?
CATHERINE: YES, VERY; I HAVE HARDLY EVER AN OPPORTUNITY OF
BEING IN ONE; BUT I AM PARTICULARLY FOND OF IT.
JOHN: I AM GLAD OF IT; I SHALL DRIVE YOU TO BRISTOL SOON. CATHERINE: (A SLIGHT HESITATION)
THANK YOU.
JOHN: WHAT SAY YOU BELLA? SHOULD WE GO TO BRISTOL? ISABELLA: HOW DELIGHTFUL THAT
WILL BE! MY DEAREST CATHERINE, I
QUITE ENVY YOU; BUT I AM AFRAID,
BROTHER, YOU WILL NOT HAVE ROOM
FOR A THIRD.
JOHN: A THIRD INDEED! NO, NO; I
DID NOT COME TO BATH TO DRIVE MY
SISTER ABOUT; THAT WOULD BE A GOOD JOKE, FAITH! MORLAND MUST
TAKE CARE OF YOU. SHALL WE,
MORLAND?
JAMES: INDEED, YES. CATHERINE: OH, I MUST HAVE
FORGOTTEN MY FAN.
JOHN: OH, LET ME! CATHERINE: THE PLAY PUTS ME IN
MIND OF UDOLPHO. HAVE YOU READ
IT, MR. THORPE? JOHN: UDOLPHO! OH, LORD! NOT I; I NEVER READ NOVELS. THEY ARE
ALL SO FULL OF NONSENSE AND
STUFF; THEY ARE THE STUPIDEST
THINGS IN CREATION. CATHERINE: I THINK YOU MUST LIKE
UDOLPHO, IF YOU WERE TO READ IT; IT IS SO VERY INTERESTING. JOHN: NOT I, FAITH! NO, IF I
READ ANY, IT SHALL BE MRS.
RADCLIFFE’S. HER NOVELS ARE AMUSING WITH SOME FUN AND NATURE
IN THEM. CATHERINE: UDOLPHO WAS WRITTEN BY MRS. RADCLIFFE.
JOHN: NO; WAS IT? AYE, I
REMEMBER, SO IT WAS; I WAS THINKING OF THAT OTHER STUPID
BOOK, WRITTEN BY THAT WOMAN THEY
MAKE SUCH A FUSS ABOUT. OH! MRS.
BURNEY! CATHERINE: I SUPPOSE YOU MEAN
CAMILLA? JOHN: YES, THAT’S THE BOOK; SUCH
UNNATURAL STUFF! I GUESSED WHAT
SORT OF STUFF IT MUST BE BEFORE
I SAW IT: AS SOON AS I HEARD SHE
HAD MARRIED A FRENCHMAN, I WAS
SURE I SHOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO
GET THROUGH IT. JAMES TURNS TO ISABELLA.
JAMES: MISS THORPE, WOULD YOU
CONSENT TO DANCE WITH ME
TOMORROW NIGHT? ISABELLA: I WOULD BE DELIGHTED!
JOHN: WHAT AN IDEA! WHAT DO YOU
THINK OF IT, MISS MORLAND? CATHERINE: THINK OF WHAT?
JOHN: TO A DANCE, OF COURSE!
WITH ME! CATHERINE: I•WOULD LIKE THAT
VERY MUCH. JOHN: VERY GOOD! ISABELLA: JOHN, MOTHER AND
SISTERS AWAIT US. JOHN: GOODNIGHT THEN. TILL
TOMORROW, MISS MORLAND. SHALL WE, BELLA?
JAMES: CATHERINE! JAMES: WELL, CATHERINE, HOW DO YOU LIKE MY FRIEND THORPE?
JANE: INSTEAD OF ANSWERING, AS
SHE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE DONE,
HAD THERE BEEN NO FRIENDSHIP AND
NO FLATTERY IN THE CASE: CATHERINE: I DO NOT LIKE HIM AT
ALL! JANE: SHE DIRECTLY REPLIED: CATHER INE: I LIKE HIM VERY MUCH; HE SEEMS VERY AGREEABLE.
JAMES: HE IS AS GOOD-NATURED A
FELLOW AS EVER LIVED; A LITTLE
OF A RATTLE; BUT THAT WILL
RECOMMEND HIM TO YOUR SEX, I
BELIEVE: AND HOW DO YOU LIKE ISABELLA?
CATHERINE: VERY, VERY MUCH
INDEED: I AM PARTICULARLY FOND
OF HER! JAMES: I AM VERY GLAD TO HEAR
YOU SAY SO; SHE IS JUST THE KIND OF YOUNG WOMAN I COULD WISH TO
SEE YOU ATTACHED TO; SHE HAS SO MUCH GOOD SENSE AND IS SO
THOROUGHLY UNAFFECTED AND
AMIABLE. CATHERINE: I LOVE HER
EXCEEDINGLY AND AM DELIGHTED TO
FIND THAT YOU LIKE HER TOO. I NEVER WAS SO HAPPY BEFORE; AND
NOW YOU ARE COME IT WILL BE MORE DELIGHTFUL THAN EVER; HOW GOOD IT IS OF YOU TO COME SO FAR ON
PURPOSE TO SEE ME. JAMES: INDEED, CATHERINE, I
LOVE YOU DEARLY. JANE: CATHERINE WAS THEN LEFT TO
THE LUXURY OF A RAISED,
RESTLESS, AND FRIGHTENED IMAGINATION OVER THE PAGES OF
UDOLPHO, LOST FROM ALL WORLDLY CONCERNS OF DRESSES, BALLS, AND
RATTLING YOUNG MEN. [MUSIC PLAYING]
JOHN: I SHALL RETURN
IMMEDIATELY, MISS MORLAND. I
MUST CONFER WITH MR. ELLIOTT
ABOUT A FINE MARE HE HAS FOR
SALE. IF I’M LUCKY SHE’S MINE
FOR 50 GUINEAS AND I WON’T HAVE
TO HAGGLE. MR. ELLIOT, GOOD MAN! JAMES: WILL YOU DANCE, MISS
THORPE?
ISABELLA: I ASSURE YOU I COULD
NOT STAND UP WITHOUT YOUR DEAR
SISTER FOR ALL THE WORLD; FOR IF I DID WE SHOULD CERTAINLY BE
SEPARATED THE WHOLE EVENING.
CATHERINE: THANK YOU, ISABELLA.
I HAVE PROMISED YOUR BROTHER THE
FIRST DANCE, BUT HE IS PRESENTLY
ENGAGED IN BUSINESS. JAMES: WHY DO WE DELAY? I AM AFRAID I MUST LEAVE YOU,
YOUR BROTHER IS SO AMAZINGLY
IMPATIENT TO BEGIN. I KNOW YOU
WILL NOT MIND MY GOING AWAY, AND
I DARE SAY JOHN WILL BE BACK IN
A MOMENT, AND THEN YOU MAY
EASILY FIND ME OUT. GOODBYE, MY DEAR LOVE. HENRY: GOOD EVENING, MISS
MORLAND. CATHERINE: MR. TILNEY! I AM VERY
HAPPY TO SEE YOU AGAIN, SIR. I WAS AFRAID YOU HAD LEFT BATH. HENRY: I THANK YOU FOR YOUR
CONCERN. PLEASE TO MEET MY
SISTER, ELEANOR TILNEY. CATHERINE: OH, IT IS A PLEASURE TO MEET YOU!
ELEANOR: THE PLEASURE IS MINE,
MISS MORLAND.
HENRY: MAY I HAVE THE PLEASURE
OF THIS DANCE, MISS MORLAND?
CATHERINE: OH YES•.THAT IS•I• I
YOU SEE• I DID NOT KNOW THAT I
SHOULD SEE YOU• I HAVE ACCEPTED
ANOTHER PARTNER FOR THE NEXT DANCE. HENRY: OH, YES. I SEE. PERHAPS
LATER. CATHERINE: YES, PLEASE SIR, THAT
IS MY WISH. YES. PLEASE.
HENRY: EXCUSE ME, MISS MORLAND.
ELEANOR: COME, MISS MORLAND. MAY
I SIT BY YOU? WE MAY KEEP EACH
OTHER COMPANY.
CATHERINE: OH YES, PLEASE.
JANE: CATHERINE WAS INTERESTED AT ONCE IN MISS TILNEY’S
APPEARANCE. SHE SEEMED CAPABLE
OF BEING YOUNG, ATTRACTIVE, AND AT A BALL WITHOUT WANTING TO FIX
THE ATTENTION OF EVERY MAN NEAR HER. ELEANOR: ARE YOU FOND OF
DANCING, MISS MORLAND? CATHERINE: OH YES. I HAD THE
PRIVILEGE OF DANCING WITH YOUR BROTHER. ELEANOR: YES. HE TOLD ME THAT
YOU DANCE DELIGHTFULLY. CATHERINE: HE HAS SPOKEN OF ME
THEN? ELEANOR: YES. ARE YOU ENJOYING
BATH, MISS MORLAND? CATHERINE: OH YES. EVERYTHING IS SO MUCH GRANDER THAN IN FULLERTON. WHO IS MR. TILNEY’S PARTNER?
ELEANOR: I BELIEVE THAT IS MISS
LEWIS. CATHERINE: I SEE. (PAUSE) DO YOU
KNOW HER WELL? ELEANOR: (CONSPIRATORIALLY) NO, AND NEITHER DOES HENRY. [MUSIC PLAYING] BARON: GOOD EVENING. MISS
TILNEY, MAY I HAVE THE PLEASURE
OF THE NEXT DANCE?
[MUSIC PLAYING] JANE: NOT EXPECTING THAT MR.
TILNEY WOULD ASK HER A SECOND
TIME TO DANCE, ALTHOUGH HER
WISHES HOPES AND DREAMS ALL
CENTERED IN NOTHING LESS, CATHERINE WAS NOW CHIEFLY
ANXIOUS TO AVOID THE SIGHT OF
MR. JOHN THORPE, LEST HE SHOULD
ENGAGE HER. JOHN: (HE WAVES) MISS MORLAND!
[UN-FREEZE] MISS MORLAND!
HAVE YOU SEEN MISS MORLAND?
JANE: [FREEZE] EVERY YOUNG LADY MAY FEEL FOR MY HEROINE IN THIS
CRITICAL MOMENT, FOR EVERY YOUNG
LADY HAS AT SOME TIME OR OTHER
KNOWN THE SAME AGITATION. ALL
HAVE BEEN, OR AT LEAST ALL HAVE
BELIEVED THEMSELVES TO BE, IN
DANGER FROM THE PURSUIT OF SOMEONE WHOM THEY WISHED TO AVOID; AND ALL HAVE BEEN ANXIOUS
FOR THE ATTENTIONS OF SOMEONE
WHOM THEY WISHED TO PLEASE. MR. ELLIOTT: (HE WAVES) MR.
THORPE! JANE: EVENTUALLY, JOHN THORPE
DISAPPEARED INTO THE CARD ROOM
WITH MR. ELLIOTT.
[UN-FREEZE] [MUSIC PLAYING]
JANE: AND FROM THE WHOLE SHE DEDUCED THIS USEFUL LESSON, THAT
TO GO PREVIOUSLY ENGAGED TO A BALL DOES NOT NECESSARILY
INCREASE EITHER THE DIGNITY OR
ENJOYMENT OF A YOUNG LADY. HER SPIRITS WERE DAMPENED FOR REST
OF THE EVENING, AND THE RAIN THE
FOLLOWING MORNING DID NOTHING TO
BRIGHTEN THEM. … MRS. ALLEN: CATHERINE! MY DEAR,
THERE YOU ARE. A LETTER CAME FOR
YOU LAST EVENING, BUT I QUITE
FORGOT ABOUT IT. HOW DID YOUR NEW SHOES SUIT THE DANCE LAST
NIGHT? CATHERINE: IT IS FROM THE
TILNEY’S! THEY WISH ME TO JOIN
THEM ON A COUNTRY WALK TODAY AT ONE. I SHOULD BE DELIGHTED AND
IT LOOKS AS IF THE CLOUDS WILL
GO OFF AND THE SUN KEEP OUT. MRS ALLEN: I SHALL TELL THE FOOTMAN TO HURRY WITH YOUR
RESPONSE. MRS. ALLEN: PERHAPS OUR NEW
GOWNS HAVE ARRIVED! CATHERINE: COULD THE TILNEYS BE
HERE ALREADY? IT IS NOT YET ONE.
OH! I DECLARE! IT IS MR THORPE. ISABELLA AND MY BROTHER. ARE
THEY COMING FOR ME? — BUT I
SHALL NOT GO — I CANNOT GO INDEED, FOR YOU KNOW THE
TILNEY’S MAY STILL CALL. MRS ALLEN: OH DEAR, MY WIG! I
CANNOT BE SEEN LIKE THIS! NO
HAIR! JOHN: MAKE HASTE! MAKE HASTE!
PUT ON YOUR HAT THIS MOMENT —
THERE IS NO TIME TO BE LOST —
WE ARE GOING TO BRISTOL. CATHERINE: TO BRISTOL! IS NOT THAT A GREAT WAY OFF?
JOHN: NOT FOR MY HORSES!
CATHERINE: BUT, HOWEVER, I
CANNOT GO WITH YOU TODAY,
BECAUSE I AM ENGAGED; I EXPECT
SOME FRIENDS VERY SOON. ISABELLA: MY SWEETEST CATHERINE,
IS NOT THIS DELIGHTFUL? WE SHALL HAVE A MOST HEAVENLY DRIVE. YOU
ARE TO THANK YOUR BROTHER AND ME
FOR THE SCHEME AND WE SHOULD
HAVE BEEN OFF TWO HOURS AGO IF
IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR THIS
DETESTABLE RAIN. BUT IT HAS STOPPED. OH! I AM IN SUCH
ECSTASIES AT THE THOUGHTS OF A
LITTLE COUNTRY AIR AND QUIET! WE
SHALL DRIVE DIRECTLY INTO THE COUNTRY AND DINE THERE; AND, AS
SOON AS DINNER IS OVER, GO ON TO BLAIZE CASTLE! JAMES: (LAUGHING) I DOUBT OUR
BEING ABLE TO DO SO MUCH.
JOHN: YOU CROAKING FELLOW! WE
SHALL BE ABLE TO DO TEN TIMES
MORE. BLAIZE CASTLE, AND ANYTHING ELSE WE CAN HEAR OF;
BUT HERE IS YOUR SISTER SAYS SHE
WILL NOT GO. JAMES: WHAT? CATHERINE: BLAIZE CASTLE! WHAT
IS THAT?
ISABELLA: THE FINEST PLACE IN
ENGLAND — WORTH GOING FIFTY MILES AT ANY TIME TO SEE. CATHERINE: WHAT, IS IT REALLY A
CASTLE, AN OLD CASTLE?
ISABELLA: THE OLDEST IN THE
KINGDOM.
CATHERINE: BUT IS IT LIKE WHAT
ONE READS OF?
ISABELLA: EXACTLY — THE VERY SAME.
CATHERINE: BUT NOW REALLY — ARE
THERE TOWERS AND LONG GALLERIES? ISABELLA: BY DOZENS.
CATHERINE: THEN I SHOULD LIKE TO SEE IT; BUT I CANNOT — I CANNOT GO.
ISABELLA: NOT GO! MY BELOVED CREATURE, WHAT DO YOU MEAN?
CATHERINE: I CANNOT GO, BECAUSE
I EXPECT MISS TILNEY AND HER BROTHER TO CALL ON ME TO TAKE A
COUNTRY WALK. THEY PROMISED TO
COME AT ONE AND I HAVE JUST SENT MY REPLY. THEY WILL BE EXPECTING ME. THE CLOUDS ARE CLEARING A
BIT – I DARE SAY THEY WILL BE
HERE SOON. JOHN: NOT THEY INDEED FOR, AS WE
TURNED INTO BROAD STREET, I SAW
THEM — DOES HE NOT DRIVE A PHAETON WITH BRIGHT CHESTNUTS? CATHERINE: I DO NOT KNOW INDEED.
JOHN: YES, I KNOW HE DOES; I SAW
HIM. YOU MEAN THE MAN I SAW YOU
TALKING WITH LAST NIGHT?
CATHERINE: YES. JOHN: WELL, I SAW HIM JUST NOW
DRIVING A SMART-LOOKING GIRL. CATHERINE: MISS TILNEY? OH, HOW
VERY DISAPPOINTING. BUT I SUPPOSE THEY DID NOT GET MY
REPLY• CATHERINE: SHALL I GO TO SEE
BLAIZE CASTLE, MRS. ALLEN? MRS. ALLEN: JUST AS YOU PLEASE,
MY DEAR. JANE: CATHERINE’S FEELINGS WERE
IN A VERY UNSETTLED STATE
DIVIDED BETWEEN REGRET FOR THE
LOSS OF ONE GREAT PLEASURE, AND
THE HOPE OF SOON ENJOYING
ANOTHER. SHE COULD NOT THINK THE TILNEYS HAD ACTED QUITE WELL BY
HER, IN SO READILY GIVING UP
THEIR ENGAGEMENT, WITHOUT SENDING HER ANY MESSAGE. ON THE
OTHER HAND, THE DELIGHT OF EXPLORING BLAIZE CASTLE, AN EDIFICE LIKE UDOLPHO, MIGHT
CONSOLE HER FOR ALMOST ANYTHING.
JOHN: MRS. ALLEN SEEMS A
PLEASANT ENOUGH LADY. DOES SHE
ENJOY TAKING THE WATERS?
CATHERINE: YES. SHE SAYS THEY
LIFT HER SPIRITS AND SHE INSISTS
ON DRINKING THE WATERS FROM THE PUMP ROOM TWICE DAILY. I CANNOT
ABIDE THE TASTE MYSELF. JOHN: I’VE HEARD THE WATERS ARE
ESPECIALLY BENEFICIAL TO ELDERLY
WOMEN. SHE IS QUITE ELDERLY IS
SHE NOT? CATHERINE: I CANNOT ANSWER TO
HER AGE, BUT HER SPIRIT IS VERY
YOUTHFUL. JOHN: AND NO CHILDREN AT ALL?
CATHERINE: NO – NOT ANY.
JOHN: A FAMOUS THING FOR HER
NEXT HEIRS! SHE IS YOUR GODMOTHER, IS NOT
SHE?
CATHERINE: MY GODMOTHER – NO.
JOHN: BUT YOU ARE ALWAYS VERY
MUCH WITH HER? CATHERINE: YES, VERY MUCH.
JOHN: AYE, THAT IS WHAT I MEANT.
CATHERINE: STOP, STOP, MR.
THORPE. IT IS MISS TILNEY; IT IS
INDEED. HOW COULD YOU TELL ME THEY WERE GONE? STOP, STOP, I
WILL GET OUT THIS MOMENT AND GO
TO THEM. CATHERINE: HOW COULD YOU DECEIVE
ME SO, MR. THORPE? THEY MUST
THINK IT SO STRANGE, SO RUDE OF
ME! TO GO BY THEM, TOO, WITHOUT
SAYING A WORD! YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW VEXED I AM; I HAD RATHER GET OUT NOW AND WALK BACK TO THEM.
HOW COULD YOU SAY YOU SAW THEM DRIVING OUT IN A PHAETON? JOHN: I DECLARE I HAVE NEVER
SEEN TWO MEN SO MUCH ALIKE IN MY
LIFE. EVEN YOU WOULD HAVE
THOUGHT IT MR. TILNEY.
JANE: CATHERINE WAS NO LONGER
COMPLAISANT. SHE LISTENED RELUCTANTLY AND HER REPLIES WERE
SHORT. THIS UNPLEASANTNESS WENT ON
UNENDURABLY FOR THE PASSAGE OF
AN HOUR WHEN SHE HEARD HER
BROTHER’S SHOUTS: JAMES: THORPE! THORPE! WE HAD BETTER GO BACK. IT IS TO O LATE
TO GO ON TODAY ANYWAY; YOUR SISTER THINKS SO AS WELL AS I.
WE HAD MUCH BETTER PUT IT OFF TILL ANOTHER DAY AND TURN ROUND. JOHN: IT IS ALL ONE TO ME. IF YOUR BROTHER HAD NOT RENTED SUCH
A DAMNED BEAST TO DRIVE, WE
MIGHT HAVE MADE IT.
JANE: AND SO THE OUTING TO
BLAIZE CASTLE CAME TO AN ABRUPT
AND UNFRIENDLY END. AND MOST
UNFORTUNATELY FOR THOSE RIDING
IN AN OPEN CARRIAGE, INCLUDING OUR HEROINE, IT BEGAN TO RAIN.
[THUNDER] MRS. ALLEN: OH MY DEAR, YOU ARE
THOROUGHLY WET. WELL, I AM GLAD YOU ARE COME BACK. MY DEAR,
WHERE ARE YOUR GLOVES? YOU KNOW THE TILNEYS CALLED FOR YOU SHORTLY AFTER YOU LEFT. THEY
ACCOMPANIED ME TO THE PUMP ROOM
FOR MY WATERS AND WE HAD A GREAT
DEAL OF TALK TOGETHER. CATHERINE: DID YOU INDEED?
MRS ALLEN: YES. WE WALKED ALONG THE CRESCENT FOR A HALF HOUR.
MS. TILNEY WAS IN A VERY PRETTY SPOTTED MUSLIN. THEY SEEM VERY
AGREEABLE PEOPLE. JANE: CATHERINE HAD HEARD
ENOUGH TO KNOW SHE WAS MOST UNFORTUNATE IN HAVING MISSED
SUCH A MEETING WITH ELEANOR AND
HENRY. INSTEAD SHE HAD SPENT THE
TIME MOST UNPLEASANTLY WITH JOHN THORPE WHO WAS MOST
DISAGREEABLE. AND NOW I MAY DISMISS MY HEROINE TO THE SLEEPLESS COUCH,
WHICH IS THE TRUE HEROINE’S
PORTION; TO A PILLOW STREWED WITH THORNS AND WET WITH TEARS. AND LUCKY MAY SHE THINK HERSELF,
IF SHE GET ANOTHER GOOD NIGHT’S
REST IN THE COURSE OF THE NEXT
THREE MONTHS. JANE: DEJECTED AND HUMBLED, CATHERINE HAD EVEN SOME THOUGHTS OF NOT GOING WITH THE OTHERS TO
THE THEATRE THAT NIGHT; BUT IT MUST BE CONFESSED THAT THEY WERE
NOT OF LONG CONTINUANCE, FOR SHE
SOON RECOLLECTED, THAT IT WAS A PLAY SHE WANTED VERY MUCH TO SEE, FULL OF LOCKED DOORS AND MYSTERIOUS CHAMBERS, ALL
CONCEALING DREADFULLY HORRIBLE SECRETS. SHE WAS ESPECIALLY ENRAPT AT THE FINAL SCENE OF THE
PANTOMIME. [MUSIC PLAYING] [MUSIC PLAYING]
JOHN: GENERAL!>>MY DEER, YOU SEEM VERY
DISTRACTED.
CATHERINE: OH MRS. ALLEN, I AM
STILL IN DISTRESS THAT I WAS UNABLE TO APOLOGIZE TO THE
TILNEYS THIS MORNING. I FEAR MR.
TILNEY IS ANGRY WITH ME FOR
RIDING OUT WITH MR. THORPE AFTER I HAD AGREED TO TAKE A WALK WITH
HIM AND MISS TILNEY. MRS. ALLEN: DON’T FRET MY DEAR,
I SHALL FETCH YOU SOME TEA.
GENERAL TILNEY AND JOHN THORPE
CATHERINE: OH! MR. TILNEY, I
HAVE BEEN QUITE WILD TO SPEAK TO
YOU, AND MAKE MY APOLOGIES. YOU
MUST HAVE THOUGHT ME SO RUDE;
BUT IN DEED, IT WAS NOT MY OWN
FAULT
JANE: [FREEZE] THE FOLLOWING
EXCHANGE SAW CATHERINE’S
ANXIETIES AND FEARS ALL PUT
FIRMLY TO REST BY MR. TILNEY.
EXPLANATIONS AND APOLOGIES WERE MADE AND ACCEPTED MOST GRACIOUSLY, AND THE TWO MANAGED
TO PUT ALL TO RIGHTS BETWEEN
THEM WITHOUT A SINGLE
MISUNDERSTANDING THAT MIGHT HAVE THROWN THEIR ENTIRE ACQUAINTANCE INTO QUESTION. WITH HER WORST
FEARS CALMED CATHERINE ARRIVED AT HER MOST URGENT QUESTION: CATHERINE: DO YOU THINK WE MIGHT
STILL TAKE OUR WALK? I AM MOST EAGER TO SEE BATH FROM THE COUNTRYSIDE.
HENRY: LET US GO THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, UNLESS YOU ARE
ENGAGED. CATHERINE: THAT WOULD BE
SPLENDID – I AM NOT ENGAGED AT
ALL! HENRY: AND DID YOU ENJOY THE
PLAY, MISS MORLAND?
CATHERINE: VERY MUCH! WAS IT NOT PERFECTLY HORRID?
HENRY: PERFECTLY. CATHERINE: WHO IS THAT MAN,
SPEAKING WITH MR. THORPE? HE IS
LOOKING THIS WAY. HENRY: THAT GENTLEMAN NOW KNOWS YOUR NAME, AND I SUPPOSE YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW HIS. IT IS
GENERAL TILNEY, MY FATHER.
CATHERINE: YOUR FATHER? AND HOW DID HE COME TO KNOW MR. THORPE?
HENRY: I DID NOT KNOW HE DID.
JAMES: (ACROSS TO JOHN) JOHN!
HENRY: MY FATHER HAS A LARGE
ACQUAINTANCE. JOHN: YOUR BROTHER IS EAGER TO
BE OFF, MISS MORLAND. JOHN: DID YOU SEE THAT I WAS SPEAKING WITH GENERAL TILNEY? HE
IS A FINE OLD FELLOW, AS RICH AS
THEY COME! CATHERINE: BUT HOW CAME YOU TO
KNOW HIM? JOHN: KNOW HIM! THERE ARE FEW
PEOPLE MUCH ABOUT TOWN THAT I DO
NOT KNOW. A VERY FINE FELLOW; AS
BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK WE HAVE
BEEN TALKING OF? YOU. YES, BY HEAVENS! AND THE GENERAL THINKS
YOU THE FINEST GIRL IN BATH.
CATHERINE: OH! NONSENSE! HOW CAN YOU SAY SO?
JOHN: AND WHAT DO YOU THINK I SAID? (LOWERS HIS VOICE) WELL
DONE, GENERAL, SAID I; I AM
QUITE OF YOUR MIND. JANE: HERE CATHERINE, WHO WAS
MUCH LESS GRATIFIED BY HIS
ADMIRATION THAN BY GENERAL TILNEY’S, WAS NOT SORRY TO BE
CALLED AWAY. MRS ALLEN: CATHERINE! CATHERINE: COMING!
JANE: THAT GENERAL TILNEY SHOULD ADMIRE HER WAS VERY DELIGHTFUL.
“THE FINEST GIRL IN BATH!”
CATHERINE WAS ELATED AND FELT
ENCOURAGED TO STRENGTHEN HER
ACQUAINTANCES WITH ELEANOR AND
HENRY. IT DID NOT OCCUR TO HER
TO QUESTION THE MOTIVES OF SUCH ATTENTIONS FROM THE GENERAL, NOR
JOHN THORPE’S PARTICULAR CONVEYANCE OF THEM. [MUSIC PLAYING]
ELEANOR: YES, MISS MORLAND.
HENRY HAS APPRISED ME THAT WE
SHALL MEET TOMORROW AT ONE TO
WALK BEECHEN CLIFF. I LOOK
FORWARD TO IT! CATHERINE: WHAT A PLEASURE IT
SHALL BE TO BE GUIDED BY YOU AND
MR. TILNEY. ELEANOR: UNTIL TOMORROW!
CATHERINE: FAREWELL UNTIL
TOMORROW. ISABELLA: MY DEAREST, IT IS DECIDED! WE SHALL TRAVEL TO
BLAIZE CASTLE TOMORROW. CATHERINE: OH, DEAR ISABELLA, I
AM SO SORRY. BUT I CANNOT GO. I
HAVE JUST THIS MOMENT SETTLED
WITH MISS TILNEY TO TAKE OUR
PROMISED WALK. ISABELLA: BUT YOU MUST AND
SHOULD RETRACT THAT PROMISE. JAMES: BUT WE CANNOT GO WITHOUT
YOU.
JOHN: IT WOULD BE NOTHING TO PUT
OFF A MERE WALK FOR ONE DAY
LONGER. JAMES: YOU CANNOT REFUSE US,
DEAR SISTER.
CATHERINE: DO NOT URGE ME, I AM
ENGAGED TO MISS TILNEY. I CANNOT
GO. ISABELLA: MY DEAREST SWEETEST
CATHERINE, I KNOW YOURS IS A
LOVING HEART, AND YOUR TEMPER SO SWEET THAT YOU MUST BE ABLE TO
BE PERSUADED BY THOSE YOU LOVE. IS YOUR AFFECTION FOR MISS
TILNEY GREATER THAN OUR
FRIENDSHIP? CATHERINE: I HAVE GIVEN MY WORD.
I CANNOT GO. ISABELLA: I CANNOT HELP BEING
JEALOUS, CATHERINE, I, WHO LOVE
YOU SO EXCESSIVELY! TO SEE
MYSELF SUPPLANTED IN YOUR FRIENDSHIP BY STRANGERS, DOES
CUT ME TO THE QUICK, I OWN. THESE TILNEYS SEEM TO SWALLOW UP
EVERYTHING ELSE. JAMES: NAY, CATHERINE. I THINK
YOU CANNOT REFUSE US ANY LONGER.
THE SACRIFICE IS NOT MUCH; AND TO OBLIGE SUCH A FRIEND-I SHALL
THINK YOU QUITE UNKIND, IF YOU
STILL REFUSE. CATHERINE: MIGHT YOU PUT OFF YOUR SCHEME TILL TUESDAY, WHICH
YOU COULD EASILY DO AND I COULD
GO WITH YOU, AND EVERYBODY MIGHT
THEN BE SATISFIED. ISABELLA, JAMES, JOHN: NO NO NO
NO.
JOHN: I MIGHT HAVE BUSINESS OUT
OF TOWN ON TUESDAY. CATHERINE: I AM SORRY, BUT I
CANNOT DO MORE.
ISABELLA: VERY WELL, THEN THERE
IS AN END OF THE PARTY. IF
CATHERINE DOES NOT GO, I CANNOT. I CANNOT BE THE ONLY WOMAN. I
WOULD NOT, UPON ANY ACCOUNT IN
THE WORLD, DO SO IMPROPER A THING. I SEE I SHALL NEVER VISIT BLAIZE CASTLE. JAMES: CATHERINE, YOU MUST GO
CATHERINE: PERHAPS ONE OF MR.
THORPE’S SISTERS COULD ACCOMPANY HIM. JAMES: I DID NOT THINK YOU HAD BEEN SO OBSTINATE, CATHERINE.
YOU WERE NOT USED TO BE SO HARD TO PERSUADE; YOU ONCE WERE THE
KINDEST, BEST-TEMPERED OF MY SISTERS. CATHERINE: I HOPE I AM NOT LESS
SO NOW, BUT INDEED I CANNOT GO.
IF I AM WRONG, I AM DOING WHAT I BELIEVE TO BE RIGHT. JOHN: WELL, I HAVE SETTLED THE
MATTER, AND NOW WE MAY ALL GO TO-MORROW WITH A SAFE
CONSCIENCE. I HAVE SPOKEN TO
MISS TILNEY AND MADE YOUR EXCUSES.
CATHERINE: YOU HAVE NOT. JOHN: I HAVE, UPON MY SOUL. TOLD
HER YOU HAD SENT ME TO SAY THAT
HAVING JUST RECOLLECTED A PRIOR
ENGAGEMENT OF GOING OFF WITH US TO-MORROW, YOU COULD NOT HAVE
THE PLEASURE OF WALKING WITH HER
TILL TUESDAY. SHE SAID VERY
WELL, TUESDAY WAS JUST AS CONVENIENT TO HER; SO THERE IS
AN END OF ALL OUR DIFFICULTIES. A PRETTY GOOD THOUGHT OF
MINE-HEY? CATHERINE: THIS WILL NOT DO. I
CANNOT SUBMIT TO THIS. I MUST
RUN AFTER MISS TILNEY DIRECTLY
AND SET HER RIGHT. CATHERINE: I DO NOT CARE. MR.
THORPE HAD NO BUSINESS TO INVENT ANY SUCH MESSAGE. IF I HAD
THOUGHT IT RIGHT TO PUT IT OFF,
I COULD HAVE SPOKEN TO MISS
TILNEY MYSELF. THIS IS ONLY DOING IT IN A
RUDER WAY; AND MR. THORPE HAS
ALREADY LED ME INTO ONE ACT OF RUDENESS. LET ME GO, MR. THORPE;
ISABELLA, DO NOT HOLD ME. IF I COULD NOT BE PERSUADED INTO
DOING WHAT I THOUGHT WRONG, I
NEVER WILL BE TRICKED INTO IT. JAMES: SHE IS LIKELY HOME BY NOW. JOHN: LET HER GO, LET HER GO.
SHE IS AS OBSTINATE AS A – JANE: THORPE NEVER FINISHED THE
SIMILE, FOR IT COULD HARDLY HAVE BEEN A PROPER ONE. JANE: THE NEXT MORNING WAS FAIR,
AND THE TILNEYS CALLED FOR HER
AT THE APPOINTED TIME; AND NO
NEW DIFFICULTY ARISING, NO SUDDEN RECOLLECTION, NO UNEXPECTED SUMMONS, MY HEROINE
WAS MOST UNNATURALLY ABLE TO
FULFIL HER ENGAGEMENT. CATHERINE: THIS BEAUTIFUL VISTA
MAKES ME THINK OF THE SOUTH OF
FRANCE. HENRY: YOU’VE BEEN ABROAD THEN?
CATHERINE: ON NO! IT PUTS ME IN
MIND OF A DESCRIPTION IN THE MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO. BUT YOU NEVER READ NOVELS, I DARESAY. HENRY: ANY GENTLEMAN OR LADY WHO
HAS NOT HAD PLEASURE IN A GOOD
NOVEL MUST BE INTOLERABLY STUPID. I HAVE READ ALL OF MRS. RADCLIFFE’S WORK AND WHEN I ONCE
BEGAN THE MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO I
COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN, AND MY HAIR STOOD ON END THE WHOLE
TIME. CATHERINE: I REALLY THOUGHT
YOUNG MEN DESPISED NOVELS AMAZINGLY. BUT DO YOU NOT THINK
UDOLPHO THE NICEST BOOK IN THE
WORLD? HENRY: BY NICEST I SUPPOSE YOU
MEAN NEATEST, DEPENDING ON THE
BINDING. ELEANOR: HENRY! COME, MISS
MORLAND, LET US LEAVE HIM TO MEDITATE ON CORRECT DICTION WHILE WE PRAISE UDOLPHO IN WHATEVER TERMS WE WISH. WHAT
OTHER KINDS OF READING DO YOU
ENJOY? CATHERINE: TO SAY THE TRUTH, I
DO NOT MUCH LIKE ANY OTHER.
ELEANOR: INDEED! CATHERINE: I ENJOY SOME POETRY AND PLAYS AND I DO NOT DISLIKE TRAVEL. BUT SOLEMN HISTORY I CANNOT BE INTERESTED IN, CAN
YOU? ELEANOR: YES, I AM FOND OF
HISTORY. CATHERINE: I WISH I WERE TOO. IT WEARIES ME – ALL THE QUARRELS OF POPES AND KINGS WITH WARS AND PESTILENCES IN EVERY PAGE; THE
MEN ARE ALL SO GOOD FOR NOTHING AND HARDLY ANY WOMEN AT ALL. IT IS VERY TIRESOME. CATHERINE: WHAT BEAUTIFUL HYACINTHS. I HAVE JUST LEARNED
TO LOVE A HYACINTH.
HENRY: AND HOW MIGHT YOU LEARN?
CATHERINE: YOUR SISTER TAUGHT
ME. MRS. ALLEN USED TO TAKE
PAINS, YEAR AFTER YEAR, TO MAKE ME LIKE THEM; BUT I NEVER COULD TILL I SAW THEM WALKING WITH
YOUR SISTER ON MILBURN STREET .
I AM NATURALLY INDIFFERENT TO
FLOWERS.
HENRY: BUT NOW YOU LOVE A
HYACINTH. SO MUCH THE BETTER. YOU HAVE GAINED A NEW SOURCE OF ENJOYMENT, AND IT IS WELL TO
HAVE AS MANY HOLDS UPON
HAPPINESS AS POSSIBLE. AND NOW THAT YOU ARE LEARNING TO LOVE
FLOWERS, YOU ALSO HAVE A GOOD
REASON TO BE MORE OFTEN OUT OF
DOORS.
CATHERINE: BUT I DO NOT NEED ANY
SUCH PURSUIT TO GET ME OUT OF
DOORS. THE PLEASURE OF WALKING AND BREATHING FRESH AIR IS
ENOUGH FOR ME, AND IN FINE WEATHER I AM OUT MORE THAN HALF
MY TIME. MAMMA SAYS I AM NEVER
WITHIN. HENRY: IN ANY EVENT, I AM
PLEASED THAT YOU HAVE LEARNT TO
LOVE A HYACINTH. THE MERE HABIT OF LEARNING TO LOVE IS THE
THING. HAS MY SISTER A PLEASANT MODE OF INSTRUCTION OR DID SHE
EMPLOY THE TYRANNICAL METHOD SHE
LEARNED FROM HER GOVERNESSES? ELEANOR: HENRY, MISS MORLAND IS
NOT USED TO YOUR ODD WAYS. NOW
MAKE HER UNDERSTAND YOU-UNLESS
YOU MEAN TO HAVE HER THINK YOU
INTOLERABLY RUDE TO YOUR SISTER,
AND A GREAT BRUTE IN YOUR OPINION OF WOMEN IN GENERAL. HENRY: WHAT AM I TO DO? ELEANOR: YOU KNOW WHAT YOU OUGHT
TO DO. CLEAR YOUR CHARACTER HANDSOMELY BEFORE HER. TELL HER
THAT YOU THINK VERY HIGHLY OF
THE UNDERSTANDING OF WOMEN. HENRY: MISS MORLAND, I THINK
VERY HIGHLY OF THE UNDERSTANDING OF ALL THE WOMEN IN THE
WORLD-ESPECIALLY OF THOSE-WHOEVER THEY MAY BE-WITH
WHOM I HAPPEN TO BE IN COMPANY. ELEANOR: HENRY! I DO ASSURE YOU, CATHERINE, THAT HE WOULD BE
MISUNDERSTOOD IF HE EVER
APPEARED TO SAY ANYTHING UNJUST
OF ANY WOMAN AT ALL, OR AN UNKIND WORD OF ME.
HENRY: I WILL CHEERFULLY ADMIT
THAT THE LARGER AND MORE
TRIFLING PART OF MY SEX PREFERS
IMBECILITY IN FEMALES, BUT THERE
IS STILL A PORTION OF US TOO REASONABLE TO AGREE. ELEANOR: LET ME INTERPRET: HENRY
THINKS VERY HIGHLY OF THE
UNDERSTANDING OF WOMEN. HENRY: ESPECIALLY OF THOSE WITH
WHOM I HAPPEN TO BE IN COMPANY.
ELEANOR: BE MORE SERIOUS, HENRY! HENRY: IT IS MY CONSIDERED
OPINION THAT NATURE HAS GIVEN WOMEN SO MUCH, THAT THEY NEVER FIND IT NECESSARY TO USE MORE
THAN HALF. ELEANOR: HENRY! BELIEVE ME,
CATHERINE, WE SHALL GET NOTHING
MORE SERIOUS FROM HIM ON THIS
SUBJECT. COME, HIS HUMOR IS ONE
THING AND HIS HEART ANOTHER. JANE: THE WHOLE WALK WAS DELIGHTFUL, AND THOUGH IT ENDED
TOO SOON, IT WAS A PERFECT DAY,
AND NOT ONCE DID SHE THINK OF JOHN THORPE OR CURRICLES. JANE: EARLY THE NEXT DAY
ISABELLA WROTE TO CATHERINE, SPEAKING PEACE AND TENDERNESS IN
EVERY LINE, AND ENTREATING THE IMMEDIATE PRESENCE OF HER FRIEND
ON A MATTER OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE, CATHERINE HASTENED
IN THE HAPPIEST STATE OF CONFIDENCE AND CURIOSITY, TO
ISABELLA’S LODGINGS.
ISABELLA: MY BELOVED, SWEETEST
FRIEND, COMPOSE YOURSELF. WELL,
AND SO YOU GUESSED IT THE MOMENT YOU HAD MY NOTE? SLY CREATURE!
YOUR BROTHER IS THE MOST CHARMING OF MEN. I ONLY WISH I
WERE MORE WORTHY OF HIM. BUT
WHAT WILL YOUR EXCELLENT FATHER
AND MOTHER SAY? OH! HEAVENS! CATHERINE: GOOD HEAVEN! MY DEAR
ISABELLA, WHAT DO YOU MEAN? CAN YOU-CAN YOU REALLY BE IN LOVE
WITH JAMES? ISABELLA: IN LOVE? MY DEAREST
CATHERINE, WE ARE IN HEART AND FAITH ALIKE ENGAGED! ISABELLA: THE VERY FIRST DAY
THAT JAMES CAME TO US LAST
CHRISTMAS-THE VERY FIRST MOMENT I BEHELD HIM-MY HEART WAS
IRRECOVERABLY GONE. I REMEMBER I
WORE MY YELLOW GOWN, WITH MY
HAIR DONE UP IN BRAIDS; AND WHEN
I CAME INTO THE DRAWING-ROOM,
AND JOHN INTRODUCED HIM, I
THOUGHT I NEVER SAW ANYBODY SO
HANDSOME BEFORE. JANE: HERE CATHERINE SECRETLY
ACKNOWLEDGED THE POWER OF LOVE;
FOR, THOUGH EXCEEDINGLY FOND OF HER BROTHER, SHE HAD NEVER IN HER LIFE THOUGHT HIM HANDSOME. CATHERINE: BUT WHERE IS JAMES?
SHOULD WE NOT ALL CELEBRATE? ISABELLA: HE HAS SET OFF WITH
ALL SPEED TO FULLERTON, TO MAKE
KNOWN HIS SITUATION AND ASK CONSENT. I EXPECT HIS LETTER EVERY MOMENT. OH, DEAREST
CATHERINE, WHAT IF YOUR PARENTS SHOULD NOT AGREE TO THE MARRIAGE? OH, I COULD NOT BEAR
IT! CATHERINE: NO PARENTS CAN BE
MORE KIND, OR MORE DESIROUS OF
THEIR CHILDREN’S HAPPINESS; I
HAVE NO DOUBT OF THEIR CONSENTING IMMEDIATELY. ISABELLA: JAMES SAYS EXACTLY THE SAME, AND YET I DARE NOT EXPECT
IT; MY FORTUNE WILL BE SO SMALL; THEY NEVER CAN CONSENT TO IT.
CATHERINE: INDEED, ISABELLA, YOU ARE TOO HUMBLE. THE DIFFERENCE OF FORTUNE CAN BE NOTHING. ISABELLA: I AM SURE I ONLY WISH
OUR SITUATIONS WERE REVERSED.
HAD I THE COMMAND OF MILLIONS,
WERE I MISTRESS OF THE WHOLE
WORLD, YOUR BROTHER WOULD BE MY
ONLY CHOICE. [FREEZE] JANE: THIS CHARMING SENTIMENT
BROUGHT TO MIND THE HEROINES OF CATHERINE’S FAVORITE NOVELS, AND SHE THOUGHT HER FRIEND NEVER
LOOKED MORE LOVELY THAN IN UTTERING THAT GRAND IDEA.
[UN-FREEZE] CATHERINE: I AM SURE THEY WILL
CONSENT! I AM SURE THEY WILL BE
DELIGHTED WITH YOU. JOHN: BELLA, A LETTER IS COME
FOR YOU! IT’S MORLAND’S WRITING. ISABELLA: IT IS FROM JAMES. (SHE
BEGINS TO READ.)
JAMES: DEAREST, I HAVE HAD NO
DIFFICULTY IN GAINING THE CONSENT OF MY KIND PARENTS AND
AM PROMISED THAT EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER SHALL BE DONE TO FORWARD MY HAPPINESS. ISABELLA: THERE IS MORE!
JAMES: MY FATHER HAS GENEROUSLY PROMISED US FOUR HUNDRED POUNDS
A YEAR AS SOON AS I HAVE REACHED
THE LEGAL AGE, IN TWO YEARS. AN
ESTATE OF EQUAL VALUE IS ASSURED AS MY FUTURE INHERITANCE. I AM DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR MY DEAR
FATHER’S PATRONAGE AND ALTHOUGH
THE WAIT IS UNWELCOME, IT ASSURES US A SECURITY WE MIGHT NOT OTHERWISE HAVE. I COUNT THE
MINUTES UNTIL WE ARE TOGETHER AGAIN. YOUR DEAREST AND LOVING
FRIEND FOR LIFE. JOHN: GOOD MAN!
CATHERINE: OH CONGRATULATIONS,
MY DEAREST ISABELLA. NOW EVERYTHING IS PLEASANTLY
SETTLED. ISABELLA: IT IS VERY PLEASANT INDEED. MR. MORLAND HAS BEHAVED
VASTLY HANDSOME INDEED. CATHERINE: THEN•WHAT CONCERNS
YOU, DEAREST ISABELLA? ISABELLA: IT IS NOT ON MY OWN
ACCOUNT I AM CONCERNED; BUT I
CANNOT BEAR TO BE THE MEANS OF
INJURING MY DEAR JAMES, MAKING
HIM WAIT UPON AN INCOME HARDLY
ENOUGH TO PROVIDE THE COMMON
NECESSARIES OF LIFE. FOR MYSELF, IT IS NOTHING; I NEVER THINK OF
MYSELF. CATHERINE: I AM VERY SURE THAT MY FATHER HAS PROMISED TO DO AS
MUCH AS HE CAN AFFORD. ISABELLA: AS TO THAT, MY SWEET
CATHERINE, THERE CANNOT BE A
DOUBT, AND YOU KNOW ME WELL
ENOUGH TO BE SURE THAT A MUCH
SMALLER INCOME WOULD SATISFY ME. I HATE MONEY. AND IF OUR UNION COULD TAKE PLACE NOW, I SHOULD
NOT HAVE A WISH UNSATISFIED. AH! MY CATHERINE, YOU HAVE FOUND ME OUT. THERE’S THE STING. THE
LONG, LONG, ENDLESS TWO YEARS
THAT ARE TO PASS BEFORE YOUR BROTHER CAN HOLD THE LIVING. CATHERINE: YES, YES, MY DARLING,
ISABELLA. SUCH A VEXATION IS UNDERSTANDABLE. AND EVERYBODY MUST LOVE YOU THE BETTER FOR
SUCH AN HONEST AFFECTION. ISABELLA: OH, I MUST WRITE MAMA IMMEDIATELY! GOOD-BY, DEAR
SISTER. JOHN: WELL, MISS MORLAND, I MUST
BID YOU GOOD-BYE. I’M EXPECTED AT MR. NUGENT’S BY FOUR. HE HAS
THE BEST EQUIPAGE IN THE COUNTY AND I KNOW HE WILL BUY MY
CHESTNUT FOR A GOOD PRICE AND A
GOOD PROFIT! CATHERINE: I WISH YOU LUCK. JOHN: A FAMOUS GOOD THING THIS
MARRYING SCHEME. CATHERINE: SHALL YOU NOT BE
LATE?
JOHN: A CLEVER FANCY OF
MORLAND’S AND BELLE’S. WHAT DO
YOU THINK OF IT, MISS MORLAND? I SAY IT IS NO BAD NOTION. CATHERINE: I AM SURE I THINK IT
A VERY GOOD ONE. JOHN: DO YOU? I AM GLAD YOU ARE NO ENEMY TO MATRIMONY. DID YOU EVER HEAR THE OLD SONG ‘GOING TO
ONE WEDDING BRINGS ON ANOTHER?’ CATHERINE: NO. (JOHN SINGS “GOING TO ONE WEDDING BRINGS ON ANOTHER”, [LAUGHTER] JOHN: I SAY, YOU WILL COME TO
BELLE’S WEDDING, I HOPE. CATHERINE: YES; I AM SURE I WILL BE WITH YOUR SISTER ON THE DAY,
IF POSSIBLE. JOHN: AND THEN YOU KNOW I SAY,
THEN YOU KNOW, WE MAY TRY THE
TRUTH OF THIS SAME OLD SONG. CATHERINE: BUT I NEVER SING.
(ANOTHER AWKWARD PAUSE) WELL, I
WISH YOU A GOOD DAY. I DINE WITH
MISS TILNEY TODAY, AND MUST NOW
BE GOING HOME.
JOHN: NAY, BUT THERE IS NO SUCH
CONFOUNDED HURRY. WHO KNOWS WHEN
WE MAY BE TOGETHER AGAIN? MISS MORLAND, I SHALL COME AND
PAY MY RESPECTS AT FULLERTON
BEFORE IT IS LONG, IF NOT DISAGREEABLE.
CATHERINE: PRAY DO. MY FATHER
AND MOTHER WILL BE VERY GLAD TO
SEE YOU. JOHN: AND I HOPE-I HOPE, MISS
MORLAND, YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY TO SEE ME.
CATHERINE: OH! DEAR, NOT AT ALL.
THERE ARE VERY FEW PEOPLE I AM SORRY TO SEE. COMPANY IS ALWAYS
CHEERFUL. JOHN: THAT IS JUST MY WAY OF
THINKING! BUT I HAVE A NOTION, MISS MORLAND, YOU AND I THINK
PRETTY MUCH ALIKE UPON MOST MATTERS. CATHERINE: PERHAPS WE MAY. WE SHALL BE VERY GLAD TO SEE YOU
AT FULLERTON, WHENEVER IT IS CONVENIENT.
JANE: AND SHE HURRIED AWAY TO
MISS TILNEY, LEAVING JOHN THORPE
TO THE UNDIVIDED CONSCIOUSNESS OF HIS OWN HAPPY PROPOSAL, AND
HER EXPLICIT ENCOURAGEMENT. [SINGING] [MUSIC PLAYING]
ISABELLA: MY DARLING JAMES IS
STILL AWAY ON BUSINESS. HIS
ABSENCE WEIGHS ON ME. I COULD ALMOST NOT BE ENTREATED UPON TO
COME TONIG HT.
CATHERINE: I AM GLAD YOU DID –
IT IS SO NICE TO HAVE INTIMATE
FRIENDS TO TALK WITH IN SUCH
CROWDS. ISABELLA: MY DEAREST CATHERINE,
I CAN REFUSE YOU NOTHING. BUT DO
NOT INSIST UPON MY BEING VERY
AGREEABLE, FOR MY HEART, YOU
KNOW, WILL BE SOME FORTY MILES OFF. AND AS FOR DANCING, DO NOT
MENTION IT I BEG; THAT IS QUITE OUT OF THE QUESTION.
CATHERINE: MR. TILNEY IS HERE!
ISABELLA: AND THE MAN WITH HIM? HENRY: GOOD EVENING, MISS
MORLAND. WOULD MISS THORPE HAVE
ANY OBJECTION TO DANCING, AS MY
BROTHER WOULD BE MOST HAPPY TO BE INTRODUCED TO HER. CATHERINE: YOUR BROTHER?
HENRY: YES, CAPTAIN FREDERICK
TILNEY. MY BROTHER. CATHERINE: OH. THAT IS VERY
KIND, BUT I AM VERY SURE MISS THORPE DOES NOT MEAN TO DANCE. CATHERINE: YOUR BROTHER WAS VERY
KIND. I SUPPOSE HE SAW ISABELLA AND FANCIED SHE MIGHT WISH FOR A
PARTNER; BUT HE IS QUITE
MISTAKEN, FOR SHE WOULD NOT
DANCE UPON ANY ACCOUNT IN THE
WORLD. HENRY: HOW VERY LITTLE TROUBLE
IT CAN GIVE YOU TO UNDERSTAND
THE MOTIVE OF OTHER PEOPLE’S
ACTIONS. CATHERINE: WHY? WHAT DO YOU
MEAN? HENRY: WITH YOU, IT IS NOT, “HOW IS SUCH A ONE LIKELY TO BE
INFLUENCED? DO I CONSIDER ANOTHER PERSON’S FEELINGS, AGE OR SITUATION?” BUT RATHER, YOU
CONSIDER, “HOW SHOULD I BE INFLUENCED, WHAT WOULD BE MY
CONSIDERATION TO ACT IN SUCH A
WAY?
CATHERINE:
I DO NOT UNDERSTAND
YOU.
HENRY: THEN WE ARE ON VERY
UNEQUAL TERMS, FOR I UNDERSTAND YOU PERFECTLY WELL.
CATHERINE: ME? YES, I CANNOT SPEAK WELL ENOUGH TO BE
UNINTELLIGIBLE. HENRY: BRAVO! AN EXCELLENT
SATIRE ON MODERN LANGUAGE! CATHERINE: BUT PRAY TELL ME WHAT
YOU MEAN. HENRY: DO YOU REALLY DESIRE IT?-
IT WILL CERTAINLY BRING ON A
DISAGREEMENT BETWEEN US.
CATHERINE: NO, IT SHALL NOT. HENRY: WELL THEN, I ONLY MEANT
THAT YOUR ATTRIBUTING MY
BROTHER’S WISH OF DANCING WITH MISS THORPE TO GOOD-NATURE
ALONE, CONVINCED ME OF YOUR
BEING SUPERIOR IN GOOD-NATURE YOURSELF TO ALL THE REST OF THE
WORLD. JANE: [FREEZE] CATHERINE BLUSHED
AND DISCLAIMED. THERE WAS
SOMETHING IN HIS WORDS THAT SOOTHED HER CONFUSION AND SHE
DREW BACK FORGETTING TO SPEAK AND ALMOST FORGETTING WHERE SHE
WAS WHEN SHE WAS ROUSED BY THE
MUSIC AND HENRY’S INVITATION. HENRY: MISS MORLAND. WOULD YOU
DO ME THE HONOR OF JOINING ME IN
THE NEXT DANCE?
AS THEY APPROACH THE DANCE
JOHN: HEYDAY, MISS MORLAND!
WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS? I
THOUGHT YOU AND I WERE TO DANCE TOGETHER.
CATHERINE: I WONDER YOU SHOULD
THINK SO, FOR YOU NEVER ASKED ME.
JOHN: THAT IS A GOOD ONE, BY JOVE! I WAS JUST GOING TO ASK
YOU, BUT WHEN I TURNED ROUND,
YOU WERE GONE! THIS IS A CURSED
SHABBY TRICK! I ONLY CAME FOR
THE SAKE OF DANCING WITH YOU AND
HERE HAVE I BEEN TELLING ALL MY
ACQUAINTANCE THAT I WAS GOING TO DANCE WITH THE PRETTIEST GIRL IN
THE ROOM.
CATHERINE: OH, NO; THEY WILL
NEVER THINK OF ME, AFTER SUCH A
DESCRIPTION AS THAT. JOHN: BY HEAVENS, IF THEY DO
NOT, I WILL KICK THEM OUT OF THE
ROOM FOR BLOCKHEADS. WHAT CHAP
HAVE YOU THERE? CATHERINE: THIS IS MR. TILNEY. JOHN: TILNEY? HMMM- DO YOU NEED
A HORSE? A FRIEND OF MINE, HARRY
ELLIOTT, HAS GOT ONE TO SELL
THAT WOULD SUIT ANYBODY. ONLY
FORTY GUINEAS. I HAD FIFTY MINDS
TO BUY IT MYSELF, FOR IT IS ONE
OF MY MAXIMS ALWAYS TO BUY A
GOOD HORSE WHEN I MEET WITH ONE. HENRY: EXCUSE ME, SIR. SHALL WE,
MISS MORLAND?
CATHERINE: EXCUSE US, MR.
THORPE. HENRY: GOOD EVENING, SIR. HENRY: THAT GENTLEMAN WOULD HAVE
PUT ME OUT OF PATIENCE, HAD HE
STAYED WITH YOU HALF A MINUTE LONGER. HE HAS NO BUSINESS TO WITHDRAW
THE ATTENTION OF MY PARTNER FROM
ME. I CONSIDER A COUNTRY-DANCE
AS AN EMBLEM OF MARRIAGE.
FIDELITY AND COMPLAISANCE ARE THE PRINCIPAL DUTIES OF BOTH AND
THOSE MEN WHO DO NOT CHOOSE TO
DANCE OR MARRY THEMSELVES, HAVE
NO BUSINESS WITH THE PARTNERS OR WIVES OF THEIR NEIGHBORS.
CATHERINE: BUT THEY ARE SUCH
VERY DIFFERENT THINGS!
HENRY: -THAT YOU THINK THEY
CANNOT BE COMPARED TOGETHER. CATHERINE: TO BE SURE NOT.
PEOPLE THAT MARRY CAN NEVER
PART. PEOPLE THAT DANCE ONLY
STAND OPPOSITE EACH OTHER IN A
LONG ROOM FOR HALF AN HOUR. HENRY: AND SUCH IS YOUR DEFINITION OF MATRIMONY AND
DANCING. HAVE I NOT REASON TO
FEAR THAT IF MR. THORPE WERE TO
RETURN, OR IF ANY OTHER
GENTLEMAN WERE TO ADDRESS YOU,
THERE WOULD BE NOTHING TO RESTRAIN YOU FROM CONVERSING
WITH HIM AS LONG AS YOU CHOSE? CATHERINE: MR. THORPE IS SUCH A
VERY PARTICULAR FRIEND OF MY
BROTHER’S, THAT IF HE TALKS TO ME, I MUST TALK TO HIM AGAIN;
BUT THERE ARE HARDLY THREE YOUNG
MEN IN THE ROOM BESIDES HIM THAT
I HAVE ANY ACQUAINTANCE WITH.
HENRY: AND IS THAT TO BE MY ONLY
SECURITY? ALAS, ALAS! CATHERINE: NAY, I AM SURE YOU CANNOT HAVE A BETTER; FOR IF I
DO NOT KNOW ANYBODY, IT IS
IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO TALK TO
THEM; AND, BESIDES, I DO NOT
WANT TO TALK TO ANYBODY ELSE. [FREEZE] HENRY: NOW YOU HAVE GIVEN ME A
SECURITY WORTH HAVING; AND I
SHALL PROCEED WITH COURAGE. JANE: I SAID FREEZE.
UNFREEZE. CATHERINE: IT’S ISABELLA. SHE IS
DANCING WITH YOUR BROTHER. I CANNOT THINK HOW IT COULD
HAPPEN! ISABELLA WAS SO
DETERMINED NOT TO DANCE.
HENRY: AND DID ISABELLA NEVER
CHANGE HER MIND BEFORE? CATHERINE: AFTER WHAT YOU TOLD
HIM FROM ME, HOW COULD HE THINK
OF GOING TO ASK HER? SHE WAS SO
FIRM. HENRY: YOU BID ME BE SURPRISED
BY YOUR FRIEND’S CONDUCT AND I AM; BUT AS FOR MY BROTHER, HIS
CONDUCT HAS BEEN NO MORE THAN I
BELIEVED HIM PERFECTLY EQUAL TO. HENRY: PLEASE EXCUSE ME, MISS
MORLAND. CATHERINE: OH, MISS TILNEY I
HAVE SUCH GOOD NEWS! MRS. ALLEN
HAS ENGAGED OUR LODGINGS ANOTHER FORTNIGHT! I AM DELIGHTED! I HAD
BEEN SO VEXED AT THE PROSPECT OF OUR LEAVING AND NOT BEING ABLE TO CONTINUE OUR ACQUAINTANCE –
ELEANOR: OH, DEAR – CATHERINE: WHAT IS IT?
ELEANOR: I’M AFRAID, MISS
MORLAND, THAT WE WILL BE LEAVING. MY FATHER HAS JUST
DETERMINED UPON QUITTING BATH ON
SATURDAY.
CATHERINE: ON SATURDAY!
ELEANOR: YES, MY FATHER CAN
SELDOM BE PREVAILED ON TO GIVE
THE WATERS WHAT I THINK A FAIR
TRIAL AND AS HE IS NOW PRETTY
WELL, IS IN A HURRY TO GET HOME. CATHERINE: I AM VERY SORRY FOR
IT. ELEANOR: PERHAPS, YOU WOULD BE
SO GOOD-IT WOULD MAKE ME VERY
HAPPY IF- GENERAL TILNEY: GOOD EVENING,
MISS MORLAND. I HOPE YOU ARE
WELL.
ELEANOR: CATHERINE, THIS IS MY
FATHER, GENERAL TILNEY. CATHERINE: VERY PLEASED TO MEET YOU, SIR.
GENERAL TILNEY: YOU AS WELL.
WELL, ELEANOR, MAY I
CONGRATULATE YOU ON BEING
SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR APPLICATION
TO YOUR FAIR FRIEND? ELEANOR: I WAS JUST BEGINNING TO
MAKE THE REQUEST, SIR.
GENERAL TILNEY: WELL, PROCEED BY
ALL MEANS. I KNOW HOW MUCH YOUR
HEART IS IN IT. MY DAUGHTER, MISS MORLAND, HAS
BEEN FORMING A VERY BOLD WISH.
WE LEAVE BATH, AS SHE HAS PERHAPS TOLD YOU, ON SATURDAY. CAN YOU BE PREVAILED ON TO
OBLIGE YOUR FRIEND ELEANOR WITH
YOUR COMPANY IN GLOUCESTERSHIRE? ‘TIS TRUE, WE CAN OFFER YOU
NOTHING LIKE THE GAIETIES OF
THIS LIVELY PLACE; WE CAN TEMPT
YOU NEITHER BY AMUSEMENT NOR
SPLENDOUR, YET NO ENDEAVOURS
SHALL BE WANTING ON OUR SIDE TO
MAKE NORTHANGER ABBEY NOT WHOLLY
DISAGREEABLE. CATHERINE: NORTHANGER ABBEY? I WOULD BE DELIGHTED! I WILL
WRITE HOME DIRECTLY, AND IF MY
PARENTS DO NOT OBJECT, AS I DARE
SAY THEY WILL NOT- ELEANOR: OH, HOW EXCELLENT!
GENERAL TILNEY: A FINE WAY TO END SUCH A FINE EVENING, EH,
ELEANOR? GOOD EVENING, MISS
MORLAND. JANE: CATHERINE FELT HERSELF
FAVOURED BEYOND EVERY OTHER HUMAN CREATURE. HER PASSION FOR TO SEE AND EXPLORE EITHER THE
RAMPARTS AND KEEP OF THE CASTLE,
OR THE CLOISTERS OF THE ABBEY,
HAD BEEN FOR MANY WEEKS A
DARLING WISH. AND YET, THIS WAS TO HAPPEN. NORTHANGER TURNED UP
AN ABBEY, AND SHE WAS TO BE ITS INHABITANT. ITS LONG, DAMP PASSAGES, ITS NARROW CELLS AND RUINED CHAPEL, WERE TO BE WITHIN HER DAILY REACH, AND SHE COULD
NOT ENTIRELY SUBDUE THE HOPE OF SOME TRADITIONAL LEGENDS, SOME
AWFUL MEMORIALS OF AN INJURED
NUN AND ILL-FATED WIFE. [MUSIC PLAYING] ISABELLA: AND SO YOU ARE GOING
ISABELLA: AND SO YOU ARE GOING
TO NORTHANGER! I AM AMAZINGLY
GLAD OF IT. IT IS ONE OF THE
FINEST OLD PLACES IN ENGLAND, I UNDERSTAND. I SHALL DEPEND UPON
A MOST PARTICULAR DESCRIPTION OF
IT. CATHERINE: YOU SHALL CERTAINLY
HAVE THE BEST IN MY POWER TO
GIVE. BUT WHO ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? ARE YOUR SISTERS COMING? ISABELLA: I AM NOT LOOKING FOR
ANYBODY. I AM AMAZINGLY ABSENT; I BELIEVE I AM THE MOST ABSENT
CREATURE IN THE WORLD. FREDERICK
SAYS IT IS ALWAYS THE CASE WITH
MINDS OF A CERTAIN STAMP. CATHERINE: BUT I THOUGHT,
ISABELLA, YOU HAD SOMETHING IN
PARTICULAR TO TELL ME? ISABELLA: OH! YES, AND SO I
HAVE. BUT HERE IS A PROOF OF
WHAT I WAS SAYING. MY POOR HEAD!
I HAD QUITE FORGOT IT. WELL, THE
THING IS THIS, I HAVE JUST HAD A
LETTER FROM MY BROTHER, JOHN-YOU
CAN GUESS THE CONTENTS. CATHERINE: NO, INDEED, I CANNOT. ISABELLA: MY SWEET LOVE, DO NOT
BE SO ABOMINABLY AFFECTED. WHAT
CAN HE WRITE ABOUT, BUT YOURSELF? YOU KNOW HE IS OVER
HEAD AND EARS IN LOVE WITH YOU.
CATEHRINE: WITH ME, DEAR ISABELLA! ISABELLA: NAY, MY SWEETEST
CATHERINE, THIS IS BEING QUITE
ABSURD! MODESTY, AND ALL THAT,
IS VERY WELL IN ITS WAY, BUT
REALLY HIS ATTENTIONS WERE SUCH
AS A CHILD MUST HAVE NOTICED. AND IT WAS BUT HALF AN HOUR BEFORE HE LEFT BATH, THAT YOU
GAVE HIM THE MOST POSITIVE ENCOURAGEMENT. HE SAYS SO IN
THIS LETTER, SAYS THAT HE AS GOOD AS MADE YOU AN OFFER, AND
THAT YOU RECEIVED HIS ADVANCES
IN THE KINDEST WAY; AND NOW HE
WANTS ME TO URGE HIS SUIT, AND
SAY ALL MANNER OF PRETTY THINGS TO YOU. SO, IT IS IN VAIN TO
AFFECT IGNORANCE. CATHERINE: I DO DECLARE, UPON MY
HONOUR, I NEVER WAS SENSIBLE OF HIS INTENTIONS FOR A MOMENT. AND
AS TO MAKING ME AN OFFER, OR ANYTHING LIKE IT, THERE MUST BE
SOME UNACCOUNTABLE MISTAKE. I
COULD NOT HAVE MISUNDERSTOOD A
THING OF THAT KIND, YOU KNOW! YOU KNOW VERY WELL THAT IF I COULD THINK OF ONE MAN MORE THAN
ANOTHER-HE IS NOT THE PERSON. MY DEAR FRIEND, YOU MUST NOT BE
ANGRY WITH ME. ISABELLA: WELL, MY DEAR
CATHERINE, THE CASE SEEMS TO BE, THAT YOU ARE DETERMINED AGAINST POOR JOHN-IS NOT IT SO?
CATHERINE: I CERTAINLY CANNOT
RETURN HIS AFFECTION, AND AS CERTAINLY NEVER MEANT TO
ENCOURAGE IT. PRAY UNDECEIVE HIM AS SOON AS YOU CAN AND TELL HIM
I BEG HIS PARDON.
ISABELLA: SINCE THAT IS THE CASE, I AM SURE I SHALL NOT
TEASE YOU ANY FURTHER. I DO
CONFESS, AS SOON AS I READ HIS
LETTER, I THOUGHT IT A VERY FOOLISH BUSINESS, FOR WHAT WERE
YOU TO LIVE UPON SUPPOSING YOU CAME TOGETHER? AFTER ALL THAT ROMANCERS MAY
SAY, THERE IS NO DOING WITHOUT MONEY. CATHERINE: YOU DO ACQUIT ME THEN
OF ANYTHING WRONG? ISABELLA: MY DEAREST CATHERINE I
DO NOT THINK ANYTHING WOULD JUSTIFY ME IN WISHING YOU TO
SACRIFICE ALL YOUR HAPPINESS MERELY TO OBLIGE MY BROTHER,
BECAUSE HE IS MY BROTHER, AND WHO PERHAPS AFTER ALL, YOU KNOW,
MIGHT BE JUST AS HAPPY WITHOUT YOU. WHY SHOULD A BROTHER’S
HAPPINESS BE DEARER TO ME THAN A
FRIEND’S? BUT, ABOVE ALL THINGS, MY DEAR CATHERINE, DO NOT BE IN
A HURRY.
TAKE MY WORD FOR IT, THAT IF YOU ARE IN TOO GREAT A HURRY, YOU
WILL CERTAINLY LIVE TO REPENT IT. FREDERICK SAYS, THERE IS
NOTHING PEOPLE ARE SO OFTEN
DECEIVED IN, AS THE STATE OF
THEIR OWN AFFECTIONS, AND I BELIEVE HE IS VERY RIGHT. MRS. ALLEN: CATHERINE! THERE YOU ARE. SHALL WE MEET YOU IN THE
TEA ROOM, DEAR?
CATHERINE: COMING, MRS. ALLEN.
FAREWELL, DEAR ISABELLA. I SHALL WRITE YOU EVERY DAY FROM NORTHANGER.
ISABELLA: I SHALL EMBRACE EVERY
WORD. [MUSIC PLAYING]
GENERAL TILNEY: MUST WE ALWAYS
BE IN WAIT FOR THAT LAZYIEST,
MOST INCONSIDERATE OF IDLERS – GO ROUSE HIM! GENERAL TILNEY: AH! HOW HONORED
WE ARE WITH YOUR PRESENCE, SIR.
ONE MIGHT FORGIVE YOUR TARDINESS
IF A MAN OF CHARACTER WERE TO
ULTIMATELY APPEAR. YOU HAVE KEPT
OUR GUEST, MISS MORLAND, WAITING
AND IN GREAT DISCOMFORT. I HOPE YOU ARE PLEASED. ARE WE READY?
NO, NOT THERE, ELEANOR! YOU MUST
RIDE WITH ME. MISS MORLAND, YOU
OUGHT TO RIDE IN THE CURRICLE WITH HENRY – ENJOY THE OPEN AIR
AND THE VIEWS. LET’S BE OFF! JANE: TO BE DRIVEN BY HIM, NEXT
TO DANCING WITH HIM, WAS
CERTAINLY THE GREATEST HAPPINESS
IN THE WORLD. IN ADDITION TO
EVERY OTHER DELIGHT, SHE HAD NOW THAT OF LISTENING TO HER OWN
PRAISE; OF BEING THANKED AT LEAST, ON HIS SISTER’S ACCOUNT,
FOR HER KINDNESS IN THUS
BECOMING HER VISITOR; OF HEARING
IT RANKED AS REAL FRIENDSHIP,
HAD NO FEMALE COMPANION-AND, IN
THE FREQUENT ABSENCE OF HER FATHER, WAS SOMETIMES WITHOUT
ANY COMPANION AT ALL. CATHERINE: BUT HOW CAN THAT BE?
ARE NOT YOU WITH HER?
HENRY: NORTHANGER IS NOT MORE
THAN HALF MY HOME; I HAVE AN
ESTABLISHMENT AT MY OWN HOUSE IN WOODSTON, WHICH IS NEARLY TWENTY
MILES FROM MY FATHER’S, AND SOME OF MY TIME IS NECESSARILY SPENT
THERE. I AM ALWAYS SORRY TO LEAVE ELEANOR. CATHERINE: YES; BUT BESIDES YOUR AFFECTION FOR HER, YOU MUST BE SO FOND OF THE ABBEY! AFTER BEING USED TO SUCH A HOME AS THE
ABBEY, AN ORDINARY PARSONAGE-HOUSE MUST BE VERY
DISAGREEABLE. HENRY: YOU HAVE FORMED A VERY
FAVORABLE IDEA OF THE ABBEY.
CATHERINE: TO BE SURE I HAVE. IS
NOT IT A FINE OLD PLACE, JUST
LIKE WHAT ONE READS ABOUT? HENRY: AND ARE YOU PREPARED TO
ENCOUNTER ALL THE HORRORS THAT A BUILDING SUCH AS ‘WHAT ONE READS
ABOUT’ MAY PRODUCE? HAVE YOU A STOUT HEART? NERVES FIT FOR
SLIDING PANELS AND TAPESTRY?
CATHERINE: OH! YES-I DO NOT
THINK I SHOULD BE EASILY FRIGHTENED, BECAUSE THERE WOULD
BE SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE
HOUSE-AND BESIDES, IT HAS NEVER
BEEN UNINHABITED AND LEFT
DESERTED FOR YEARS. HENRY: NO, CERTAINLY. BUT YOU
MUST BE AWARE THAT WHEN A YOUNG
LADY IS INTRODUCED INTO A DWELLING OF THIS KIND, SHE IS
ALWAYS LODGED APART FROM THE
REST OF THE FAMILY. WHILE THE FAMILY SNUGGLY REPAIR TO THEIR
OWN END OF THE HOUSE, SHE IS
CONDUCTED BY THE ANCIENT
HOUSEKEEPER UP A DIFFERENT STAIRCASE AND LODGED IN SOME APARTMENT NEVER USED SINCE SOME
COUSIN OR KIN DIED IN IT ABOUT TWENTY YEARS BEFORE, LIT WITH
ONLY THE FEEBLE RAYS OF A SINGLE
LAMP-WILL NOT YOUR HEART SINK
WITHIN YOU? CATHERINE: OH! BUT THIS WILL NOT
HAPPEN TO ME, I AM SURE. HENRY: OHHH, HOW FEARFULLY WILL
YOU EXAMINE THE FURNITURE OF
YOUR APARTMENT!-AND WHAT WILL
YOU DISCERN?- PERHAPS THE
REMAINS OF A PONDEROUS CHEST
WHICH NO EFFORTS CAN OPEN YOU LISTEN TO THE SOUND OF RECEDING
FOOTSTEPS AS LONG AS THE LAST ECHO WILL REACH YOU. AND WHEN, WITH FAINTING SPIRITS, YOU
ATTEMPT TO FASTEN YOUR DOOR, YOU
DISCOVER THAT IT HAS NO LOCK. CATHERINE: OH! MR. TILNEY, HOW
FRIGHTFUL! THIS IS JUST LIKE A BOOK! BUT IT CANNOT REALLY
HAPPEN TO ME. HENRY: ON THE SECOND NIGHT YOU
WILL PROBABLY HAVE A VIOLENT
STORM. PEALS OF THUNDER SO LOUD AS TO SHAKE THE EDIFICE TO ITS FOUNDATION AND FRIGHTFUL GUSTS
OF WIND WILL ACCOMPANY IT. YOU
WILL INSTANTLY ARISE AND WILL
DISCOVER A DOOR UNDER THE TAPESTRY SECURED ONLY BY MOSSY
BARS AND A PADLOCK. YOU WILL,
AFTER A FEW EFFORTS, SUCCEED IN
OPENING, AND, WITH YOUR LAMP IN YOUR HAND, WILL PASS THROUGH IT
INTO A SMALL VAULTED ROOM. CATHERINE: I SHOULD BE TOO MUCH
FRIGHTENED TO DO ANY SUCH THING. HENRY: WHAT! COULD YOU SHRINK FROM SO SIMPLE AN ADVENTURE? YOU WILL PROCEED AND THERE YOU WILL DISCOVER MAYBE SOME INSTRUMENTS
OF TORTURE, A FEW DROPS OF BLOOD
AND THERE MANY SHEETS OF PAPER – THE MANUSCRIPT OF A WOMAN WHO
ONCE LIVED IN THE DARK AND LOFTY HALLS-YOU HASTEN WITH THE
PRECIOUS TREASURE INTO YOUR OWN
CHAMBER, BUT SCARCELY HAVE YOU
BEEN ABLE TO DECIPHER WHEN YOUR LAMP SUDDENLY EXPIRES IN THE SOCKET AND LEAVES YOU IN TOTAL
DARKNESS. CATHERINE: OH! NO, NO-DO NOT SAY SO. WELL, GO ON.
HENRY (LAUGHS) YOU MUST CONTINUE
WITH YOUR OWN FANCIFUL CREATIONS FOR ONCE WE ROUND THIS CORNER
YOU WILL SEE IT- LOOK! OVER THERE! CATHERINE: NORTHANGER ABBEY!
[MUSIC PLAYING] [THUNDER] [APPLAUSE] JANE: IT IS NOW EXPEDIENT TO
GIVE YOU, DEAR AUDIENCE, SOME SENSE OF MISS MORLAND’S
SITUATION. I HAVE, THROUGH THE
COURSE OF A STAY IN BATH AND EXPOSURE TO A VARIETY OF ITS
SOCIAL FUNCTIONS, FROM DANCES, PROPOSALS, MISUNDERSTANDINGS, AND THE FORMATIONS OF SEVERAL
ATTACHMENTS TO AN ASSORTMENT OF CHARACTERS, ARMED MISS MORLAND
TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITIES WITH
ALL THE TOOLS A YOUNG LADY NEEDS
TO BECOME A HEROINE. CATHERINE MORLAND IS POISED TO ENCOUNTER
WHATEVER THE MYSTERIOUS SILHOUETTE OF NORTHANGER ABBEY MAY HOLD, AND IT IS MY DUTY TO ALLOW HER TO FACE IT AS WELL AS
SHE CAN AND LET US HOPE THAT MY
EFFORTS HAVE BEEN SUFFICIENT. GENERAL TILNEY: AND WHY HAVE MY INSTRUCTIONS NOT
BEEN FOLLOWED TO MY
SATISFACTION? WHO IS
RESPONSIBLE?! AH, MISS MORLAND! WELCOME TO
NORTHANGER ABBEY! SOMEONE FETCH MISS MORLAND’S TRUNKS! WELL, MISS MORLAND, WHAT DO YOU
THINK OF OUR HUMBLE ABBEY? THIS HALL IS RATHER SMALL AND
SIMPLE, AS IT IS FOR OUR DAILY
USE. BUT I MAY FLATTER MYSELF
THAT THERE ARE SOME APARTMENTS
IN THE ABBEY NOT UNWORTHY OF
YOUR NOTICE! THE GILDING IN THE
LIBRARY ALONE COST –
A CLOCK CHIMES 10 AT NIGHT. THE
GENERAL FROWNS AND QUICKLY
CHECKS HIS POCKET WATCH.
GENERAL TILNEY: 10 O’CLOCK! SO
LATE ALREADY! WELL, LET US ALL RETIRE TO BED. ELEANOR, SHOW
MISS MORLAND TO HER ROOM. I AM
SURE, MISS MORLAND, YOU MUST BE
TIRED FROM THE JOURNEY.
ELEANOR: FATHER, IT IS NOT SO
VERY LATE. PERHAPS I COULD SHOW
MISS MORLAND THE –
GENERAL TILNEY: NONSENSE! IT IS
10 O’CLOCK. I SHALL GIVE MISS
MORLAND A TOUR OF THE ABBEY IN
THE MORNING. NOW IT IS TIME FOR
BED. GOOD EVENING, MISS MORLAND. HENRY: BE SURE TO CHECK FOR SECRET PANELS BEFORE YOU RETIRE.
ELEANOR: OH, HENRY, STOP YOUR
TEASING.
COME, CATHERINE. I SHALL SHOW
YOU TO YOUR ROOM. I ASSURE YOU
IT IS PERFECTLY COMFORTABLE. ELEANOR LEADS THE WAY WITH A CLASH CATHERINE: WHAT ROOM IS THAT?
ELEANOR: THAT IS THE ROOM IN
WHICH MY MOTHER DIED.
ELEANOR: I HOPE YOU SHALL BE
COMFORTABLE HERE.
CATHERNE: OH, I AM SURE I SHALL!
IT’S LOVELY. ELEANOR: THANK YOU. I CHOSE THE
FURNISHINGS MYSELF. THE HANGINGS. AND MY MOTHER’S OLD CHEST THERE, IN THE CORNER. CATHERINE: YOUR MOTHER’S?
ELEANOR: YES, MY FATHER HAD IT MOVED FROM
MY MOTHER’S CHAMBER AFTER SHE DIED. SHE KEPT HER
TREASURES LOCKED IN IT FOR MANY YEARS. ELEANOR: I HOPE YOU HAVE A
RESTFUL NIGHT, CATHERINE. GOOD NIGHT AND WELCOME TO
NORTHANGER ABBEY. CATHERINE: YES, GOOD NIGHT. [MUSIC PLAYING] [THUNDER] DOROTHEE: GOOD MORNING, MISS. I’M SORRY TO WAKE YOU BUT
GENERAL TILNEY WOULD LIKE TO
SHOW YOU ABOUT THE ABBEY. CATHERINE: YES, OF COURSE. DOROTHEE: OH, SORRY ABOUT THE
MESS! I’LL CLEAN THESE UP! CATHERINE: PLEASE, LEAVE THEM!
THEY ARE PAPERS OF THE UTMOST
IMPORTANCE! DOROTHEE: A WASHING BILL? CATHERINE: A WHAT? DOROTHEE: SHIRTS, STOCKINGS,
CRAVATS, WAISTCOATS• CATHERINE: A WASHING BILL? DOROTHEE: SHOE STRINGS, HAIR POWDER – CATHERINE: BUT•BUT I THOUGHT•
DOROTHEE: SOMEONE MUST HAVE LEFT
THESE BEHIND. I’LL CLEAN THESE
UP, MISS. SHALL I TELL THE GENERAL YOU
WILL BE MEET HIM IN THE DRAWING
ROOM, MISS?
CATHERINE: YES, THANK YOU.
JANE: HOW COULD SHE HAVE
DECEIVED HERSELF SO? HEAVEN FORBID THAT HENRY TILNEY SHOULD
EVER KNOW HER FOLLY. SHE GOT AWAY AS SOON AS SHE COULD FROM
THE ROOM IN WHICH HER CONDUCT
HAD PRODUCED SUCH UNPLEASANT REFLECTIONS. CATHERINE: GOOD MORNING!
HENRY: GOOD MORNING, MISS
MORLAND. CATHERINE: OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL
MORNING WE HAVE.
HENRY: I HOPE YOU WERE
UNDISTURBED BY THE TEMPEST LAST
NIGHT.
CATHERINE: I WAS KEPT A LITTLE AWAKE BY THE WIND, I MUST ADMIT.
BUT STORMS AND SLEEPLESSNESS ARE NOTHING WHEN THEY ARE OVER. HENRY: YES, BUT SUCH A STORM IN
SUCH A HOUSE•
ELEANOR: HENRY, STOP YOUR
TEASING. I AM SORRY, CATHERINE,
THAT YOU WERE KEPT AWAKE. CATHERINE: OH, IT IS NOTHING!
AND WHAT A CHARMING MORNING WE HAVE AFTER IT!
GENERAL TILNEY ENTERS.
GENERAL TILNEY: CHARMING INDEED! WELL, MISS MORLAND, WHICH SHOULD
YOU LIKE TO SEE FIRST, THE HOUSE
OR THE GROUNDS? AH, BUT I CAN READ IN YOUR EYES, MISS MORLAND,
THE JUDICIOUS DESIRE OF MAKING USE OF THE FAIR WEATHER. LET US
TOUR THE GROUNDS. THE ABBEY WILL
BE ALWAYS SAFE AND DRY. ELEANOR, BRING MISS MORLAND
ROUND TO THE KITCHEN GARDENS IN
FIFTEEN MINUTES AND I WILL MEET
YOU THERE IN FIFTEEN MINUTES. BE
PROMPT. YOU WILL NOT, MISS
MORLAND, BE DISAPPOINTED, I THINK. WE HAVE HERE ONLY A HALF
DOZEN KITCHEN GARDENS, AND I
ENJOY WORKING IN THEM ALL
MYSELF. I LOVE A GARDEN.
THE ALLENS, I SUPPOSE, HAVE A GREAT DEAL MORE?
CATHERINE: THE ALLENS? NOT AT ALL. THEY HAVE ONLY ONE KITCHEN GARDEN, AND IT IS OFTEN
OVERGROWN. GENERAL TILNEY: IS THAT SO! HA!
WELL, THEY MUST ENJOY BEING UNTROUBLED BY SUCH THINGS.
ELEANOR, FOURTEEN MINUTES. I SHALL MEET YOU AT THE HOT HOUSES. HENRY: I DO HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR
WALK, MISS MORLAND.
CATHERINE: YOU ARE NOT TO
ACCOMPANY US?
HENRY: I MUST RIDE TO WOODSTON
TODAY. I HAVE PARISH DUTIES TO
ATTEND TO. TAKE GOOD CARE OF OUR
GUEST, ELEANOR. ELEANOR: COME, CATHERINE. I WILL
TAKE YOU ON A FAVORITE WALK OF
MINE. [MUSIC PLAYING]
CATHERINE: WHAT A PLEASANT PATH. ELEANOR: I AM PARTICULARLY FOND
OF THIS SPOT. IT WAS MY MOTHER’S FAVORITE WALK. CATHERINE: INDEED?
ELEANOR: I USED TO WALK HERE SO OFTEN WITH HER! THOUGH I NEVER LOVED IT THEN, AS I HAVE LOVED
IT SINCE. I OFTEN WALK ALONE HERE – PAPA PREFERS THE PARK.
CATHERINE: BUT KNOWING IT WAS HER FAVORITE, DOES THAT NOT
ENDEAR IT TO HIM?
ELEANOR: MY FATHER HAS SINGULAR TASTES.
CATHERINE: HER DEATH MUST HAVE
BEEN A GREAT AFFLICTION.
ELEANOR: A GREAT AND INCREASING
ONE. I WAS ONLY THIRTEEN WHEN IT
HAPPENED; AND THOUGH I FELT MY
LOSS PERHAPS AS STRONGLY AS ONE
SO YOUNG COULD FEEL IT, I DID NOT, I COULD NOT, THEN KNOW WHAT
A LOSS IT WAS. I HAVE NO SISTER,
YOU KNOW-AND THOUGH HENRY IS A
GREAT DEAL HERE, WHICH I AM MOST
THANKFUL FOR, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE
FOR ME NOT TO BE OFTEN SOLITARY. CATHERINE: TO BE SURE YOU MUST
MISS HER VERY MUCH.
ELEANOR: A MOTHER WOULD HAVE
BEEN A CONSTANT FRIEND; HER
INFLUENCE WOULD HAVE BEEN BEYOND ALL OTHER.
CATHERINE: WAS SHE A VERY
CHARMING WOMAN? WAS SHE
HANDSOME?
ELEANOR: SHE WAS BEAUTIFUL. HER
PORTRAIT IS AN EXCELLENT
LIKENESS.
CATHERINE: HER PICTURE, I SUPPOSE, HANGS IN YOUR FATHER’S
ROOM? ELEANOR: NO, AFTER MY MOTHER’S DEATH MY FATHER HAD IT REMOVED
FROM THE DRAWING ROOM• IT NOW HANGS IN MY BED-CHAMBER.
I PROMISE TO SHOW IT YOU.
CATHERINE: I WOULD BE HONORED. I
SUPPOSE YOUR MOTHER’S ROOM HAS BEEN REPURPOSED?
ELEANOR: NO, INDEED. IT REMAINS
EXACTLY AS IT WAS UPON HER
DEATH. CATHERINE: DOES IT? I SHOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO SEE
IT AS WELL. ELEANOR: WE ARE TO MEET PAPA,
BUT, IT WOULD NOT TAKE LONG TO
SHOW YOU•
CATHERINE: WE COULD SEE IT NOW,
THEN? ELEANOR: YES, I SUPPOSE WE CAN!
ELEANOR: IT IS JUST HERE –
GENERAL TILNEY: ELEANOR! (SHE JUMPS BACK, FRIGHTENED) WHAT
COULD MISS MORLAND POSSIBLY WANT
TO SEE IN THAT CORNER OF THE
HOUSE? IT’S TIME FOR OUR WALK. JANE: CATHERINE COULD NO LONGER
HIDE FROM HERSELF HER FEELINGS OF AVERSION TO THE GENERAL. YES,
AVERSION! HIS INDIFFERENCE TO ELEANOR AND HENRY’S MOTHER MADE HIM ODIOUS TO HER. SHE HAD OFTEN READ OF SUCH CHARACTERS. SOME
CALLED THEM OVERDRAWN AND UNNATURAL BUT HERE WAS PROOF
POSITIVE OF THE CONTRARY. JANE: CATHERINE’S DAYS AT NORTHANGER WERE NOW FILLED WITH HER IMAGINATION’S DARKEST
SUSPICIONS. EVERY CORNER OF THE
ABBEY EVOKED SOME IMAGE OF THE CRIME WHICH SHE NOW PONDERED AT
EVERY MOMENT OF THE DAY. SHE WROTE TO ISABELLA: “IT SEEMS MOST LIKELY, MY
DEAREST ISABELLA, THAT MRS.
TILNEY’S DEMISE WAS THE RESULT
OF CRUEL AND VIOLENT ACTION! I
SOMETIMES START AT THE BOLDNESS OF MY OWN SURMISES, BUT THEY ARE
SUPPORTED BY SUCH APPEARANCES AS
HAS MADE THEIR DISMISSAL IMPOSSIBLE. HENRY HAS TOLD ME OF
HIS AND ELEANOR’S UNHAPPY CHILDHOOD HERE. THERE ARE SO MANY SECRETS. DO ANSWER ME AS SOON AS YOU CAN, ISABELLA. I AM
EAGER FOR YOUR OPINION.”
HENRY: GOOD MORNING, MISS
MORLAND. ELEANOR: HENRY! CATHERINE:
MR. TILNEY! GOOD MORNING! HOW
WAS YOUR VISIT TO WOODSTON? HENRY: VERY FINE, THANK YOU. AND
HOW ARE YOU ENJOYING NORTHANGER?
IS IT REVEALING ITS DARKEST
SECRETS TO YOU?
ELEANOR: HENRY! HENRY: AH! I CAME BY WAY OF THE
POSTMAN. A LETTER FOR YOU. CATHERINE: OH, I DO HOPE IS IT
FROM ISABELLA! SHE PROMISED SHE
WOULD WRITE TWICE A WEEK, BUT I’VE NOT HEARD FROM HER SINCE I
ARRIVED.
OH. TIS ONLY FROM JAMES.
JAMES: DEAR CATHERINE, THOUGH,
GOD KNOWS, WITH LITTLE
INCLINATION FOR WRITING, I THINK
IT MY DUTY TO TELL YOU THAT
EVERYTHING IS AT AN END BETWEEN MISS THORPE AND ME. I LEFT HER
AND BATH YESTERDAY, NEVER TO SEE EITHER AGAIN. I SHALL NOT ENTER INTO PARTICULARS-THEY WOULD ONLY
PAIN YOU MORE. YOU WILL SOON HEAR ENOUGH FROM ANOTHER QUARTER
TO KNOW WHERE LIES THE BLAME; AND I HOPE WILL ACQUIT YOUR
BROTHER OF EVERYTHING BUT THE
FOLLY OF TOO EASILY THINKING HIS AFFECTION RETURNED. THANK GOD! I AM UNDECEIVED IN TIME! BUT IT IS
A HEAVY BLOW! SHE HAS MADE ME
MISERABLE FOREVER! LET ME SOON
HEAR FROM YOU, DEAR CATHERINE; YOU ARE MY ONLY FRIEND; YOUR LOVE I DO BUILD UPON. I WISH
YOUR VISIT AT NORTHANGER MAY BE
OVER BEFORE CAPTAIN TILNEY MAKES HIS ENGAGEMENT KNOWN, OR YOU
WILL BE UNCOMFORTABLY CIRCUMSTANCED. HER DUPLICITY
HURTS ME MORE THAN ALL; TILL THE VERY LAST, IF I REASONED WITH HER,
SHE DECLARED HERSELF AS MUCH ATTACHED TO ME AS EVER, AND LAUGHED AT MY FEARS. WE PARTED
AT LAST BY MUTUAL CONSENT-HAPPY FOR ME HAD WE NEVER MET! I CAN NEVER EXPECT TO KNOW SUCH ANOTHER WOMAN! DEAREST CATHERINE, BEWARE HOW YOU GIVE
YOUR HEART.
CATHERINE: OH!
ELEANOR: NO BAD NEWS FROM
FULLERTON, I HOPE? CATHERINE: NO, IT IS FROM MY
BROTHER AT OXFORD. I HAVE ONE
FAVOR TO BEG. THAT, IF YOUR BROTHER SHOULD BE COMING HERE,
YOU WILL GIVE ME NOTICE OF IT,
THAT I MAY GO AWAY. ELEANOR: FREDERICK?
CATHERINE: YES; SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED THAT WOULD MAKE IT VERY
DREADFUL FOR ME TO BE IN THE SAME HOUSE WITH CAPTAIN TILNEY.
HENRY: I SEE. I SUSPECT THE NEWS
INVOLVES MISS THORPE? CATHERINE: YOU HAVE GUESSED IT, I DECLARE! NO WONDER NOW I HAVE
NOT HEARD FROM HER-ISABELLA HAS DESERTED MY BROTHER AND IS TO
MARRY YOURS!
HENRY: I AM VERY SORRY FOR MR. MORLAND-BUT MY SURPRISE WOULD BE
GREATER AT FREDERICK’S MARRYING HER THAN AT ANY OTHER PART OF
THE STORY. ELEANOR: I CANNOT BELIEVE IT.
ARE THEY A WEALTHY FAMILY?
CATHERINE: NO, NOT VERY. I DO NOT BELIEVE ISABELLA HAS ANY
FORTUNE AT ALL. BUT THAT WILL NOT SIGNIFY IN
YOUR FAMILY. YOUR FATHER TOLD ME
THE OTHER DAY THAT HE ONLY
VALUED MONEY AS IT ALLOWED HIM
TO PROMOTE THE HAPPINESS OF HIS
CHILDREN. ELEANOR: FATHER WOULD NEVER ALLOW SUCH A MARRIAGE. IS NOT IT INCONCEIVABLE, HENRY? HENRY: FOR FATHER, YES; FOR MISS
THORPE, NO. WHAT THINK YOU OF HAVING SUCH A
SISTER-IN-LAW, ELEANOR? HAVE YOU
NOT HOPED FOR ONE WHO IS OPEN,
CANDID, ARTLESS, GUILELESS, WITH AFFECTIONS STRONG BUT SIMPLE,
FORMING NO PRETENSIONS , AND
KNOWING NO DISGUISE? ELEANOR: SUCH A SISTER-IN-LAW,
HENRY, I SHOULD DELIGHT IN.
CATHERINE: YOU THINK IT IS ALL FOR MONEY THEN? I CANNOT FORGET THAT, WHEN SHE FIRST KNEW WHAT
MY FATHER WOULD DO FOR THEM, SHE SEEMED QUITE DISAPPOINTED THAT IT WAS NOT MORE. I NEVER WAS SO DECEIVED IN ANYONE’S CHARACTER
IN MY LIFE BEFORE. HENRY: I AM SORRY FOR THE NEWS,
FOR YOUR BROTHER’S SAKE, AND
YOURS. I SHALL WRITE TO
FREDERICK AND SEE IF I CAN
DISCOVER THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER. GOOD MORNING.
ELEANOR: OH, CATHERINE. I AM SO
SORRY FOR THE NEWS. COME. LET US
FIND SOME DISTRACTION. THE
WEATHER IS FAIR. WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE A RIDE ABOUT THE
COUNTRY?!
CATHERINE: YOU PROMISED THAT I
MIGHT SEE YOUR MOTHER’S
PORTRAIT.
ELEANOR: THE PORTRAIT? YES, OF
COURSE. COME. IT IS IN MY ROOM.
ELEANOR: SOME OF THE COLORS HAVE
FADED BUT ONE CAN GLIMPSE HER
REFINED CHARACTER AND THE INTELLIGENCE FOR WHICH SHE WAS
GREATLY ADMIRED. CATHERINE: AND HOW LONG AGO MAY
IT BE THAT YOUR MOTHER DIED?
ELEANOR: SHE HAS BEEN DEAD THESE
NINE YEARS.
CATHERINE: YOU WERE WITH HER, I
SUPPOSE, TO THE LAST?
ELEANOR: NO. I WAS UNFORTUNATELY
FROM HOME. HER ILLNESS WAS
SUDDEN AND SHORT; AND BEFORE I
ARRIVED IT WAS ALL OVER. CATHERINE: HER LOOK HAS SOME
MARKS OF MELANCHOLY. ELEANOR: THOSE MAY BE VESTIGES
OF HER DISEASE AND THE SUFFERING IT CAUSED. SWEET SAINT, HOW
PATIENT SHE WAS. IN HER EYES ONE
CAN SEE THAT LOOK SO MEEK AND ELEANOR: MISS MORLAND? MISS MORLAND?
CATHERINE: OH. YES? ELEANOR: WHAT DO YOU THINK? WAS
SHE NOT BEAUTIFUL? CATHERINE: YES, VERY. ELEANOR: SHE HAD SUCH FINE
TASTE. WOULD YOU LIKE TO VISIT
HER APARTMENT? CATHERINE: CAN WE? YES! I SHOULD LIKE THAT VERY MUCH! GENERAL TILNEY: ELEANOR! THERE
CAN BE NOTHING OF INTEREST IN
THAT ROOM FOR MISS MORLAND. ELEANOR: YES, FATHER. GENERAL TILNEY: MISS MORLAND!
COME! WE WILL AWAIT YOU IN THE SITTING ROOM! JANE: OUR HEROINE WAS NOW FIRMLY
CONVINCED THAT THE GENERAL’S
EVIDENT DESIRE OF PREVENTING ANY
APPROACH TO MRS. TILNEY’S ROOM SEEMED TO POINT OUT THAT SOMETHING OR – HORRORS! – SOMEONE WAS CERTAINLY CONCEALED
WITHIN. MARTHA: A LETTER FOR YOU, MISS.
CATHERINE: OH, THANK YOU. IT IS
FROM ISABELLA. ISABELLA: MY DEAREST CATHERINE,
I RECEIVED YOUR KIND LETTERS
WITH THE GREATEST DELIGHT, AND
HAVE A THOUSAND APOLOGIES TO
MAKE FOR NOT ANSWERING THEM SOONER. I REALLY AM QUITE
ASHAMED OF MY IDLENESS; BUT IN
THIS HORRID PLACE ONE CAN FIND
TIME FOR NOTHING. YOU ARE DEARER TO ME THAN ANYONE CAN CONCEIVE. I AM QUITE UNEASY ABOUT YOUR
DEAR BROTHER, NOT HAVING HEARD FROM HIM SINCE HE WENT TO
OXFORD; AND AM FEARFUL OF SOME
MISUNDERSTANDING. YOUR KIND OFFICES WILL SET ALL
RIGHT: HE IS THE ONLY MAN I EVER
DID OR COULD LOVE, AND I TRUST
YOU WILL CONVINCE HIM OF IT. I
WILL NOT SAY ALL THAT I COULD OF
THE FAMILY YOU ARE WITH, BECAUSE I WOULD NOT BE UNGENEROUS, OR
SET YOU AGAINST THOSE YOU
ESTEEM; BUT IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO KNOW WHOM TO TRUST, AND YOUNG MEN NEVER KNOW THEIR MINDS TWO
DAYS TOGETHER. I REJOICE TO SAY THAT THE YOUNG
MAN WHOM, OF ALL OTHERS, I
PARTICULARLY ABHOR, HAS LEFT BATH. YOU WILL KNOW, FROM THIS
DESCRIPTION, I MUST MEAN CAPTAIN
TILNEY, WHO, AS YOU MAY REMEMBER, WAS AMAZINGLY DISPOSED
TO FOLLOW AND TEASE ME, BEFORE
YOU WENT AWAY.
AFTERWARDS HE GOT WORSE, AND
BECAME QUITE MY SHADOW. HE WENT AWAY TO HIS REGIMENT TWO DAYS
AGO, AND I TRUST I SHALL NEVER BE PLAGUED WITH HIM AGAIN. SUCH
A CONTRAST BETWEEN HIM AND YOUR BROTHER! PRAY SEND ME SOME NEWS OF THE LATTER-HE SEEMED SO
UNCOMFORTABLE WHEN HE WENT AWAY, WITH A COLD, OR SOMETHING THAT AFFECTED HIS SPIRITS. I WOULD
WRITE TO HIM MYSELF, BUT AM
AFRAID HE TOOK SOMETHING IN MY
CONDUCT AMISS. LOSE NO TIME, MY DEAREST, SWEETEST CATHERINE, IN
WRITING TO HIM AND TO ME. CATHERINE: WRITE TO JAMES ON HER BEHALF! NO, JAMES SHALL NEVER
HEAR ISABELLA’S NAME MENTIONED
BY ME AGAIN. CATHERINE READS: SHE MUST THINK OF ME AN IDIOT OR
SHE WITH NOT HAVE WRITTEN SO.
I SEE WHAT SHE HAS BEEN ABOUT.
SHE IS A VAIN COQUETTE, AND I DO
NOT BELIEVE SHE HAD EVER ANY REGARD EITHER FOR JAMES OR FOR
ME, AND I WISH I HAD NEVER KNOWN
HER. HENRY: YOU FEEL, I SUPPOSE, THAT
IN LOSING ISABELLA, YOU LOSE
HALF YOURSELF: YOU FEEL A VOID
IN YOUR HEART WHICH NOTHING ELSE
CAN OCCUPY. YOU FEEL THAT YOU HAVE NO LONGER ANY FRIEND TO
WHOM YOU CAN SPEAK WITH
UNRESERVE. YOU FEEL ALL THIS?
CATHERINE: NO, I DO NOT-OUGHT I?
TO SAY THE TRUTH, THOUGH I AM HURT AND GRIEVED, THAT I CANNOT STILL LOVE HER, THAT I AM NEVER
TO HEAR FROM HER, PERHAPS NEVER
TO SEE HER AGAIN, I DO NOT FEEL
SO VERY, VERY MUCH AFFLICTED AS
ONE WOULD HAVE THOUGHT. -DO YOU BELIEVE THAT CAPTAIN TILNEY NEVER REALLY CARED ABOUT HER? HENRY: I AM PERSUADED THAT HE
NEVER DID.
CATHERINE: AND ONLY MADE BELIEVE
TO DO SO FOR MISCHIEF’S SAKE? CATHERINE: WELL, THEN, I MUST
SAY THAT I DO NOT LIKE HIM AT
ALL. SUPPOSE HE HAD MADE HER VERY MUCH IN LOVE WITH HIM? HENRY: YOUR QUESTION SPEAKS TO A
CONCERN FOR MISS THORPE’S
FEELINGS. A MORE PETTY PERSON
WOULD SEEK REVENGE. I DARESAY
MISS THORPE WILL SUFFER
IRREPARABLY IN LOSING THE FRIENDSHIP OF ONE WHO DEMONSTRATES THE HIGHEST GENERAL
INTEGRITY AND POSSESSES A MOST
KIND HEART. JANE: CATHERINE WAS COMPLIMENTED OUT OF FURTHER BITTERNESS. HENRY
HAD MADE HIMSELF SO AGREEABLE
THAT SHE RESOLVED NOT TO ANSWER
ISABELLA’S LETTER AND TRIED TO
THINK NO MORE OF IT. GENERAL TILNEY: ELEANOR?! ELEANOR: IN HERE, FATHER!
CATHERINE: WILL YOU TELL YOUR
FATHER THE NEWS? ELEANOR: NO. FREDERICK WILL HAVE
ENOUGH TO CONTEND WITH WITHOUT OUR HELP. GENERAL TILNEY: HENRY? I THOUGHT
YOU WERE OFF TO WOODSTON?
HENRY: I AM, THIS VERY MOMENT.
GOOD MORNING TO YOU ALL. GENERAL TILNEY: MY SON IS A FINE
YOUNG MAN, IS NOT HE, MISS
MORLAND? CATHERINE: VERY FINE. GENERAL TILNEY: I AM GLAD YOU
THINK SO. ELEANOR, I LEAVE FOR LONDON THIS MORNING. MY BUSINESS SHOULD TAKE NO MORE THAN A WEEK. FAREWELL, LADIES. ELEANOR: CATHERINE, NOW THAT
HENRY IS TENDING TO HIS PARISH
DUTIES AT WOODSTON AND FATHER IS IN LONDON,
MAY WE NOT MANAGE THIS HOUSEHOLD IN ANY WAY WE
WISH? CATHERINE: PERFECTLY SO. MY LADY! ELEANOR: DOROTHEE MARTHA, CHARLES. COME, LET’S PLAY “ALL HID ALL
HID” WITH MISS MORLAND AND SHOW HER HOW WE FILL THE ABBEY WITH
SHRIEKS AND SHOUTS. DOROTHEE, YOU HIDE FIRST IN THE EAST AND WE WILL FIND YOU. COUNTING
NOW! 1, 2 3, 4, 100!
ALL: ALL HID, ALL HID!>>YOU’LL NEVER FIND ME?>>DOROTHEE!>>DOROTHEE!>>FEE FI FO FUM, I SMELL THE
BLOOD OF DOROTHEE! [MUSIC PLAYING]
CATHERINE: MR. TILNEY! I THOUGHT
YOU HAD DEPARTED FOR WOODSTON.
HENRY: THEY’VE DELAYED PREPARING
THE CARRIAGE. I DID NOT EXPECT TO FIND YOU HERE IN MY MOTHER’S
ROOM. ARE YOU ALONE? CATHERINE: YES, I• I ONLY WANTED
TO SEE•. HENRY: YOU’VE COME HERE ENTIRELY
ON YOUR OWN? WHY?
CATHERINE: WHAT ELEANOR HAS TOLD
ME ABOUT THE ROOM INTRIGUED ME. YOU KNOW•YOUR MOTHER DYING SO
SUDDENLY AND… NONE OF YOU BEING AT HOME•
HENRY: NOT SO. MY MOTHER’S DEATH
WAS SUDDEN, BUT SHE HAD SUFFERED
MANY YEARS WITH A SEVERE MALADY
AND WHEN SHE CONTRACTED A
DANGEROUS FEVER, EVERY MEASURE WAS TAKEN TO SECURE HER
RECOVERY. DURING THE LAST FIVE
CRUCIAL DAYS FATHER, FREDERICK
AND I WERE ALL AT HOME AND WERE
IN CONSTANT ATTENDANCE. POOR ELEANOR- SHE WAS ABSENT AND SO
AFFLICTED TO ARRIVE ONLY AFTER OUR MOTHER HAD DIED. CATHERINE: AND YOUR FATHER, WAS
HE AFFLICTED? HENRY: FOR A TIME, GREATLY SO.
HE LOVED HER, I AM SURE, AS WELL
AS IT WAS POSSIBLE FOR HIM TO ..
WE DO NOT ALL HAVE THE SAME WAYS
OF SHOWING TENDERNESS • WHILE SHE LIVED, SHE OFTEN HAD MUCH TO
BEAR DUE TO HIS TEMPER, BUT HE SINCERELY CARED FOR HER AND WAS TRULY AFFLICTED BY HER DEATH. CATHERINE: I AM VERY GLAD TO
HEAR IT. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY
SHOCKING IF YOUR FATHER HAD
PERHAPS BEEN LESS THAN FOND OF
HER. HENRY: AM I UNDERSTANDING YOUR
MEANING, MISS MORLAND? FROM THESE FEW CIRCUMSTANCES YOU•THOUGHT PERHAPS SOME
NEGLIGENCE•OR MAYBE SOMETHING
EVEN MORE HORRIBLE TOOK PLACE IN
THIS ROOM•. IF I UNDERSTAND YOU
RIGHTLY, YOU HAVE FORMED AN
OPINION OF MY FATHER OF SUCH
HORROR THAT I HARDLY HAVE WORDS TO•. AND WHAT HAVE YOU BASED THESE OPINIONS ON? BOOKS? WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN IMAGINING? MY
DEAREST MISS MORLAND CONSULT
YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING, YOUR OWN SENSE OF WHAT’S POSSIBLE AND YOUR OWN OBSERVATIONS OF PEOPLE
AND WHAT IS AROUND YOU. WHAT LIBERTIES HAS YOUR IMAGINATION
ALLOWED? JANE: OUR HEROINE’S VISIONS OF
ROMANCE WERE OVER. HENRY’S SHORT SPEECH HAD OPENED HER EYES TO
HER FOLLY AND SHE THOUGHT THAT HENRY MUST HATE HER FOREVER FOR THE LIBERTY HER IMAGINATION HAD
TAKEN WITH HIS FATHER’S
CHARACTER. SHE HATED HERSELF MORE THAN SHE COULD EXPRESS AND
IF HENRY HAD SHOWN HER ANYTHING
LIKE AFFECTION BEFORE, SHE COULD
NOT HOPE FOR MORE NOW. MOST
GRIEVOUSLY WAS SHE HUMBLED. HER HEART BROKEN, SHE CRIED BITTER
TEARS UNTIL SHE HEARD THE CLOCK STRIKE THREE AND THEN FELL INTO
A FITFULL SLEEP. ELEANOR: ARE YOU QUITE WELL,
MISS MORLAND? YOU WERE RATHER
QUIET AT DINNER. CATHERINE: I AM WELL, THANK YOU.
ELEANOR: COULD THAT BE
FREDERICK? PERHAPS HE’S HOME ON
LEAVE.
CATHERINE: OH, I COULD NEVER
ENCOUNTER HIM WITH DUE CIVILITY.
PLEASE MAKE MY EXCUSES, ELEANOR.
ELEANOR: I WILL.>>TELL HER SHE LEAVES TOMORROW.
TELL HER SHE’S LEAVING.
>>I CAN’T DO THAT.
>>YOU WILL, AND YOU’LL DO IT
NOW.
SHALL I TELL HER MYSELF?
NOW! ELEANOR: CATHERINE, I AM SO
SORRY TO COME TO YOU ON SUCH AN
ERRAND.
CATHERINE: DEAR FRIEND, WHAT IS
IT? GENERAL TILEY’S VOICE FROM
BELOW, BOOMING: NO
SHILLYSHALLYING LIKE YOU ALWAYS
DO ELEANOR!
ELEANOR: MY DEAR CATHERINE, WE
ARE TO PART. MY FATHER HAS AN
ENGAGEMENT THAT TAKES OUR WHOLE
FAMILY AWAY ON MONDAY. WE ARE GOING TO LORD WENTWORTH’S FOR A
FORTNIGHT. EXPLANATION AND
APOLOGY ARE EQUALLY IMPOSSIBLE.
I CANNOT ATTEMPT EITHER. CATHERINE: MY DEAR ELEANOR, DO NOT BE SO DISTRESSED. I CAN
EASILY LEAVE ON MONDAY. MY MOTHER AND FATHER HAVING NO
NOTICE OF IT IS OF VERY LITTLE CONSEQUENCE. THE GENERAL WILL
SEND A SERVANT WITH ME HALF THE
WAY TO SALISBURY AND THEN I AM
ONLY NINE MILES FROM HOME. GENERAL TILNEY: (FROM BELOW)
HAVE YOU TOLD HER YET?!
ELEANOR: OH CATHERINE. TOMORROW
MORNING IS WHEN YOU MUST LEAVE-
NOT MONDAY- AND THE CARRIAGE
WILL BE HERE AT 7 O’CLOCK, AND
NO SERVANT WILL ATTEND YOU. ELEANOR: I AM IN SUCH PAIN TO
DELIVER THIS MESSAGE TO YOU.
CATHERINE: HAVE I OFFENDED THE GENERAL?
ELEANOR: HOW COULD THAT BE
POSSIBLE? ALL I KNOW IS THAT HE IS IN A GREAT TEMPER; I HAVE
SELDOM SEEN HIM LIKE THIS. SOMETHING HAS OCCURRED TO VEX
HIM BUT IT CANNOT BE ANYTHING
YOU HAVE DONE. CATHERINE: I AM VERY SORRY IF I
HAVE OFFENDED HIM. IT WAS THE
LAST THING I WOULD WILLINGLY
HAVE DONE. BUT DO NOT BE
UNHAPPY, ELEANOR.
GENERAL TILNEY: (FROM BELOW)
I’VE BEEN DECEIVED! ELEANOR: BUT A JOURNEY OF
SEVENTY MILES AND ALONE, UNATTENDED! YOU MUST WRITE TO
ME, CATHERINE.
GENERAL TILNEY: ELEANOR! LET HER
BE! CATHERINE: OH, ELEANOR. I WILL
WRITE TO YOU. (THEY EMBRACE.)
AND WILL YOU GIVE MY DEAREST REMEMBRANCES TO MY DEAR ABSENT
FRIEND?
ELEANOR: I SHALL WITH ALL MY HEART.
GENERAL TILNEY: ELEANOR!! NONE
OF YOUR UNDERHANDEDNESS, COME
HERE! CATHERINE: DO NOT WORRY
YOURSELF. NOW, GOOD NIGHT. ELEANOR: GOOD NIGHT. I SHALL
SEE YOU IN THE MORNING. JANE: NO SOONER HAD ELEANOR LEFT
THAN CATHERINE’S TEARS BURST
FORTH IN TORRENTS! TURNED FROM
THE HOUSE AND IN SUCH A WAY!
WITHOUT ANY REASON THAT COULD JUSTIFY, WITHOUT ANY APOLOGY
THAT COULD ATONE FOR THE
ABRUPTNESS, THE RUDENESS, NAY THE INSOLENCE OF IT. HENRY AT A DISTANCE, NOT EVEN ABLE TO BID
HIM FAREWELL! WHO COULD SAY WHEN
THEY MIGHT MEET AGAIN? THE NEXT MORNING CATHERINE
AROSE, GOT DRESSED, DARTED
ACROSS THE HALL, JUMPED INTO THE
CHAISE AND WAS DRIVEN FROM THE
DOOR OF NORTHANGER ABBEY.
[MUSIC PLAYING] MRS. MORLAND: CATHERINE, DEAR,
YOU’VE BEEN HOME THREE DAYS NOW. MY DEAR, THERE IS A TIME FOR
EVERYTHING-A TIME FOR BALLS AND
PLAYS, AND A TIME FOR WORK.
YOU HAVE HAD A LONG RUN OF
AMUSEMENT, AND NOW YOU MUST TRY
TO BE USEFUL. WHEREVER YOU ARE
YOU SHOULD ALWAYS BE CONTENTED,
BUT ESPECIALLY AT HOME, BECAUSE THERE YOU MUST SPEND THE MOST OF
YOUR TIME. JANE: THERE WAS A GREAT DEAL OF GOOD SENSE IN WHAT MRS. MORLAND
SAID, BUT THERE ARE SOME SITUATIONS OF THE HUMAN MIND IN
WHICH GOOD SENSE HAS VERY LITTLE
POWER. MRS. MORLAND WAS
PERFECTLY UNSUSPICIOUS OF THERE BEING ANY OTHER CAUSE OF CATHERINE’S UNHAPPINESS. SHE NEVER THOUGHT OF HER HEART,
WHICH FOR A PARENT OF A YOUNG
LADY OF SEVENTEEN, JUST RETURNED FROM HER FIRST EXCURSION FROM
HOME, WAS ODD INDEED! MRS. MORLAND: DO YOU FEEL
UNWELL, MY DEAR? MRS. MORLAND: (TENDERLY) I HOPE
YOU ARE NOT OUT OF HUMOR BECAUSE
FULLERTON IS NOT SO GRAND AS
NORTHANGER ABBEY. THAT WOULD BE
TURNING YOUR VISIT INTO AN EVIL
INDEED. AND AS FOR GENERAL TILNEY’S UNKINDNESS, HE ACTED DISHONORABLY AND UNFEELINGLY,
NEITHER AS A GENTLEMAN OR AS A
PARENT AND YOUR COMFORT MUST NOT
DEPEND UPON HIM. I DARESAY HE MUST BE A VERY STRANGE MAN. CATHERINE: I THINK, MOTHER, HE MUST BE LIKE MANY OF OUR
COUNTRYMEN – NEITHER FIEND NOR ANGEL AS IN BOOKS, BUT AN
UNEQUAL MIXTURE OF GOOD AND BAD.
MRS. MORLAND: A VERY SENSIBLE
JUDGEMENT. IT IS ALWAYS GOOD FOR YOUNG
PEOPLE TO EXERT THEMSELVES; AND
YOU KNOW, MY DEAR CATHERINE, I DO BELIEVE THIS TRIP HAS DONE YOU GOOD.
YOU HAVE GROWN INTO QUITE A FINE
YOUNG LADY. MRS. MORLAND: YOUR FATHER AND I HAVE BEEN SPEAKING, AND I THINK
THE TIME HAS COME FOR YOU TO
CONSIDER MARRIAGE. WOULD THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY? MRS. MORLAND: I SHALL SPEAK TO
YOUR FATHER TONIGHT ABOUT
INTRODUCING YOU TO SOME YOUNG
CLERGYMAN IN HIS ACQUAINTANCE. MRS. MORLAND: OH, I HAVE BROUGHT
THIS BOOK FOR YOU AS I KNOW YOU ARE SO FOND OF READING. YOU MAY
FIND THE YOUNG WOMAN’S SITUATION
IS VERY LIKE YOURS. [LONDON BRIDGE BEING SUNG]
HENRY: MISS MORLAND?
CATHERINE: MR. TILNEY!
HENRY: I HAVE COME TO EXPLAIN TO
YOU ABOUT MY FATHER-
CATHERINE: I UNDERSTAND. YOU ARE
AN OBEDIENT SON- HENRY: NOT IN ALL THINGS. I MUST
TELL YOU THAT HIS TEMPER, THOUGH IT CAN INTIMIDATE AND THREATEN ME, AS IT OFTEN HAS, IT COULD
NOT DETER ME FROM MY PURPOSE,
WHICH WAS AND IS TO BE BOUND TO
YOU IN HONOR AND IN LOVE. MY FATHER HAD URGED ME TO WIN YOUR
HEART FOR HIS OWN NEEDS BUT MY
HEART WAS YOURS BEFORE HE SPOKE TO ME OF HIS INTENT. AND IT HAS REMAINED YOURS EVEN THOUGH MY
FATHER HAS WITHDRAWN HIS CONSENT
TO OUR ENGAGEMENT. NOTHING, NO
ONE, NO FORCE COULD ALTER MY LOVE FOR YOU. DEAR MISS MORLAND, WILL YOU CONSENT TO BE MY WIFE?
JANE: THE QUESTION BURNING IN
YOUR BREAST AT THIS POINT MUST
BE: WHAT PARTICULAR INTEREST DID THE GENERAL. HAVE IN MATCHING HIS SON HENRY
WITH CATHERINE MORLAND? (JANE
GESTURES AND JOHN THORPE ENTERS.
THE FOUR FREEZE.) JANE: (GESTURING WITH TO THE APPROPRIATE PERSONS AS SHE
)TALKS. -THE GENERAL, PERCEIVING HIS SON
ONE NIGHT AT THE THEATRE TO BE
PAYING CONSIDERABLE ATTENTION TO MISS MORLAND, INQUIRED OF
THORPE. “IF HE KNEW THE YOUNG WOMAN”
-THORPE, MOST HAPPY TO BE ON
SPEAKING TERMS WITH A MAN OF
GENERAL TILNEY’S IMPORTANCE, WAS
MORE THAN RESPONSIVE. HE WAS INVENTIVE. AND SINCE HE WAS
RESOLVED UPON MARRYING CATHERINE HIMSELF, HIS VANITY INFLATED THE
WEALTH OF THE MORLAND’S AND PRESENTED HER AS – “A WOMAN OF IMMEASURABLE
FORTUNE.” -THE GENERAL THEN PURPOSED FOR
HIS SON TO MARRY CATHERINE’S FORTUNE. -WHEN THE SPURNED LOVER AND ALSO THE INEBRIATED LOVER.
COINCIDENTALLY MET THE GENERAL IN LONDON, HE REVEALED THAT
THE MORLAND’S WERE. ‘SCHEMERS AND SOUGHT TO BETTER
THEIR STATE THROUGH WEALTHY CONNECTIONS.’ LIKE THE TILNEYS. -THINKING HIMSELF DECEIVED, THE
GENERAL BANISHED CATHERINE FROM THE ABBEY AND FROM HENRY’S LIFE.
-BUT HENRY DEFIED HIS FATHER AND CATHERINE: YES!
JANE: ONE FURTHER ITEM. JANE: ELEANOR TILNEY’S PARTIALITY FOR THIS GENTLEMAN WAS NOT OF RECENT ORIGIN; HIS UNEXPECTED ACCESSION TO TITLE
AND FORTUNE HAD REMOVED ALL HIS DIFFICULTIES TO THEIR MARRIAGE AND SO ELEANOR AND THE BARON
WERE MARRIED. [MUSIC. WEDDING BELLS]
MY OWN JOY ON THE OCCASION IS VERY SINCERE. I KNOW NO ONE MORE
ENTITLED, BY UNPRETENDING MERIT, OR BETTER PREPARED
BY HABITUAL SUFFERING, TO RECEIVE AND ENJOY FELICITY THAN
ELEANOR TILNEY. JANE: FURTHERMORE, I MUST ADD
THAT THIS BARON WAS THE VERY GENTLEMAN WHOSE NEGLIGENT SERVANT LEFT BEHIND
HIM THAT COLLECTION OF WASHING-BILLS, WHICH MY HEROINE FOUND ON HER
FIRST NIGHT IN HER ROOM AT THE ABBEY. AUDIENCE: *GASPS* JANE: YES! AND SO, HENRY AND CATHERINE
WERE MARRIED. AUDIENCE: APPLAUSE AND, AS THIS TOOK PLACE WITHIN A TWELVEMONTH
FROM THE FIRST DAY OF THEIR MEETING, IT WILL NOT APPEAR, AFTER ALL
THE DREADFUL DELAYS OCCASIONED BY THE GENERAL’S CRUELTY, THAT THEY
WERE ESSENTIALLY HURT BY IT. TO BEGIN PERFECT HAPPINESS AT THE AGE
OF EIGHTEEN IS TO DO PRETTY WELL. [MUSIC PLAYING]
>>HEY!
>>HEY!

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