“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.” -from Northanger Abbey
Jane Austen was one of the earliest British female novelists and her Northanger Abbey, widely considered as a transitional work, was her first novel although it was published as the last and posthumously in 1818.
Northanger Abbey follows the maturation of Catherine Morland, a naïve eighteen-year-old girl, ignorant of the English society and prone to self-deception by presenting us with a rational and law-abiding world with urbane, reasonable and civilized characters and using themes like youth, marriage, the gothic novel, reality and self-deception.
Northanger Abbey, a parody of both the Gothic novel and unsophisticated romances that were popular at that time, also a fabulous novel of social education, focuses humorously on human behaviour by not only using irony to expose their follies, but also creating an enjoyable romantic plot.