Northanger Abbey

Synopsis: When Catherine Morland is given the opportunity to stay with the childless Allen family in Bath, she is hoping for an adventure of the type she has been reading in novels. Soon introduced to society, she meets Isabella Thorpe and her brother John, a good friend of her own brother, James. She also meets Henry Tilney, a handsome young man from a good family and his sister, Eleanor. Invited to visit the Tilney estate, Northanger Abbey, she has thoughts of romance but soon learns that status, class and money are all equally important when it comes to matters of the heart.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Jon Jones
Production: WGBH Boston Video
  1 nomination.
84 min

Are you ready?.


How long have you been

in Bath, madam?.

Not long at all, sir.

- And were you never here before?.

- Never, sir.

Indeed! And have

you been to the play?.

Not yet, sir.

Astonishing. The concert?.


Amazing. Now tell me...

Are you altogether

pleased with Bath, madam?.


I like it very well.


Now I must give you one smirk,

and then we can be rational again.

Do you know that gentleman?.

Not at all.

I wonder why he

keeps looking at us.

I imagine he likes what he sees.


Do you mean me?.

Why not?.

So, tell me,what will you write

in your journal tonight?.

"Friday, went to the Lower Rooms,

wore my sprigged muslin dress

with blue trimmings,

and looked very pretty,

though I say so myself."

-The next dance! Lord Byron's...

-"Danced with one man,

was stared at by another

much more handsome."

Indeed I shall say no such thing.

Then what shall you say?.

Perhaps I don't keep

a journal at all.

Come on!

A most agreeable young man.

Was he not, Catherine?.


He was very kind,

and very amusing.

I liked him very much.

Well, Mr Allen?.

No, l...

I didn't mean anything like that.

He can't have thought of me like that,

he is much too...

He is quite grown-up.

Catherine, I feel

I should warn you

that Bath attracts all manner

of scoundrels and adventurers,

and one cannot be too careful

when making new acquaintances.

Mr T:
ilney, a scoundrel?.

Mr Tilney, an adventurer?.

He understands muslin, Mr Allen.

He has a sister.

Well, upon inquiries,

I did discover that Mr Tilney is a young man

of very good family, and a clergyman to boot.

A clergyman?.

No doubt you'd prefer

him to be a brigand?.

His father's a man of

consequence, though.

General Tilney,

of Northanger Abbey.

Northanger Abbey?.

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Andrew Davies

Andrew Wynford Davies (born 20 September 1936) is a Welsh writer of screenplays and novels, best known for House of Cards and A Very Peculiar Practice, and his adaptations of Vanity Fair, Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch and War & Peace. He was made a BAFTA Fellow in 2002. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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