Jane Austen wrote about situations with which she was familiar and the social life of Bath was no exception. Northanger Abbey concentrates on the interaction between three families which are all very different. The Morlands are respectable but have little education, while the Tilneys are wealthier and more sophisticated. The Thorpes, however, are vulgar social climbers of whom both the Morland and the Tilneys fall foul. The clarity with which the families’ differing values are depicted adds to the realism of the novel.
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Anna Massey to the rescue
Not my favourite novel by my favourite author. However this is superbly abridged and superbly characterised by Anna Massey. I got more pleasure from listening to this well read adaptation than I have from readingthe book. I shall go back and read the full novel and my pleasure will be increased by hearing Anna Massey reading it for me!