Catherine in Northanger Abbey brings us back to Bath. I noticed that the novel seems to be centered on women trying to find a husband and look pretty to the outside world. It reminded me of “A Lady’s Dressing Room,” where the man was horrified when he saw everything that went into making a lady appear to be a lady. Similarly, appearance (particularly that of a woman) is very important in this novel because it determines how men will perceive women and in turn, who will get a husband. Even at a young age, society is very concerned with Catherine’a appearance. She is initially not considered pretty, but eventually grows into herself—she considers looking “almost pretty” “an acquisition of higher delight,” since she has “been looking plain the first fifteen years of her life” (2/176). Also, it is clear that women are very subordinate in this time. The narrator describes Catherine’s mind as “ignorant and uninformed as the female mind at seventeen usually is” (4/176), various skills are constantly gendered (“everybody allows that the talent of writing agreeable letters is peculiarly female” (11/176)), and characters like Isabella are constantly on a search to find a man for his money/financial support. I also noticed that Catherine seems very innocent and naïve. She doesn’t seem to notice the potential manipulation of Isabella who seems to be a little too eager to pair off with Catherine’s brother. Also, I felt Austen tries to portray her that way in her other interactions too, particularly when she describes her as “not been brought up to understand the propensities of a rattle, nor to know how many idle assertions and impudent falsehoods the excess of vanity will lead” (41/176). I understood this quotation as saying that Catherine has not discovered the bad things in the world yet and the negative tendencies of some people. Maybe this speaks to Austen’s point that a “woman,” “if she has the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can” (75/176)?