First, let me example my stupidity.
“Isabella seemed to find a pool of commerce, in the fate of which she shared, by private partnership with Morland, a very good equivalent for the quiet and country air of an inn at Clifton.”
I have read that line countless times and I am still at a loss as to what it’s supposed to mean. This is me when I’m done reading it, “….huh?”
In chapter 13, I have a revelation. As some people have never read this book before, I’ll try to not tell what happens. But I’ve read this book at least a dozen times and I had an “AH HA!” moment, which is why I read books over and over and over again.
If you’ve read this far, you know that Catherine was unsure if General Tilney liked her or not. In fact, she was pretty sure that he didn’t like her. At a play, General Tilney was observed in conversation with Mr. Thorpe, an odd thing to observe, I quite agree. Shortly after that General Tilney’s attitude toward Catherine is demonstrated to be nothing short of anxious agreeableness.
Now, if you recall earlier, Mr. Thorpe had asked Catherine if Mr. and Mrs. Allen, the people she is staying with in Bath, had any children, whether they were not incredibly wealthy and intimated that he thought she was to inherit the Allen estate. I think this flew right over her (and my) head. I think that Mr. Thorpe was speaking with Gen. Tilney about how Catherine was to inherit a large fortune, and that is why Gen. Tilney’s attitude about her changed so dramatically. And that is all I can say without telling more about the story than I want to.
In chapter 14, we have this most funny and correcting bit of conversation.
“I am sure,” cried Catherine, “I did not mean to say anything wrong; but it is a nice book, and why should not I call it so?”
“Very true,” said Henry, “and this is a very nice day, and we are taking a very nice walk, and you are two very nice young ladies. Oh! It is a very nice word indeed! It does for everything. Originally perhaps it was applied only to express neatness, propriety, delicacy, or refinement – people were nice in their dress, in their sentiments, or their choice. But now every commendation on every subject is comprised in that one word.”
When I first read this, I realized how often I use the word “nice” and tried to replace it with a wider array of adjectives. I do that often now with other words I know I use too repeatedly. I need to keep a thesaurus on me because my vocabulary is sadly lacking.