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The Opening Paragraph of 
Northanger Abbey, by  Jane Austen

     no one who had ever seen catherine morland in her infancy 

would have supposed her born to be an heroine her situation in 

life the character of her father and mother her own person and 

disposition were all equally against her her father was a 

clergyman without being neglected or poor and a very 

respectable man though his name was richard  and he had never 

been handsome he had a considerable independence besides two

good livings and he was not in the least addicted to locking up

his daughters her mother was a woman of useful plain sense 

with a good temper and, what is more remarkable with a good 

constitution 


This border is based on an illustration by C. E. Brock for  Northanger Abbey 
Source:"The C. E. Brock Illustrations of Northanger Abbey