“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. Besides, a taste for flowers is always desirable in your sex, as a means of getting you out of doors, and tempting you to more frequent exercise than you would otherwise take. And though the love of a hyacinth may be rather domestic, who can tell, the sentiment once raised, but you may in time come to love a rose?” Henry Tilney, Chapter 22
Ahh… Henry Tilney is so wise. It is well to have as many holds upon happiness as possible. As Catherine learned to love a hyacinth, I hope that readers have learned to love Northanger Abbey and gained a new source of enjoyment through the group read. For me, it was pure fun and a joy to write about. Jane Austen’s other major novels may get all the limelight, but I think it quite appropriate that it resides in a lower place like the spooky dungeons in the Gothic novels that it parodies.
This is my second novel event here at Austenprose, and this time out I had some help from my friends with great guest blogs who added their expertise and humor to entertain us. A big thank you to all the guest bloggers.
Amanda Grange: Henry Tilney’s Story
Diana Birchall: as Isabella Thorpe on Northanger movies
Margaret (Mags) Sullivan of AustenBlog: Henry Tilney the ultimate hero
Kali Pappas of Emma Adaptations & Strangegirl Designs: Fashion in the Northanger movies
James Jenkins of Valancourt Books: the ‘horrid novels’ of Northanger Abbey
An extra loud shout out to Ms Place (Vic) of Jane Austen’s World: for writing four blogs on Catherine Morland’s experience in Bath. Great job and thanks Vic.
And now for the fun stuff! Here are all the winners of the 16 prizes. Congratulations to all, and many thanks to all who participated.
Day 01 – Oct 1 Northanger Abbey – OWC – Heather
Day 02 – Oct 2 Northanger Abbey – Penguin Classics – Ren
Day 04 – Oct 7 Northanger Abbey – Barnes & Noble Classics – Lucia
Day 06 – Oct 9 Northanger Abbey – Norton Critical Edition – Felicia
Day 08 – Oct 14 Jane Austen in Bath – Courtney
Day 10 – Oct 16 Jane Austen’s Guide to Good Manners – Emily
Day 11 – Oct 19 Northanger Abbey Audio Unabridged – Janeen
Day 11 – Oct 19 Northanger Abbey Audio Abridged – Sylvia M.
Day 12 – Oct 20 The Mysterious Warning – Valancourt Books – JaneFan
Day 13 – Oct 21 Northanger Abbey Stage play – Carrie Oak Rise Cottage
Day 15 – Oct 23 Jane Austen Entertains – Music CD – Joanna
Day 16 – Oct 26 The Mysteries of Udolpho – OWC – Leah
Day 17 – Oct 27 Gothic Classics: Graphic Classics Volume 14 – Becky
Day 18 – Oct 28 Northanger Abbey – Broadview – Crazy_Spinster
Day 19 – Oct 29 The Mysteries of Udolpho – Penguin Classics – M
Day 20 – Oct 30 Jane Austen: Seven Novels – Barnes & Noble – Susan
Winners – Your prompt reply is appreciated. You have one week to claim your prize! Please e-mail me, (austenprose at verizon dot net) before Saturday, November 8th, 2008. If I do not receive a response by a winner by that date, I will draw another name and continue until all of the prizes have a home to mail them to. Thanks again to everyone for your great contributions. Congrats to the winners, and enjoy!
Go Gothic with Northanger Abbey is officially concluded!
If you don’t read Northanger Abbey, Henry will know!