Catherine Morland

Name: Catherine Morland

Gender: female

Age: about 17

Fandom: Northanger Abbey

Journal: http://Regency_twihard.livejournal.com/

Typist: Matrix Refugee

Quick Biography

The protagonist of Northanger Abbey. Catherine is seventeen years old, and has spent all her life in her family's modest home in the rural area of Fullerton. While Catherine has read many novels (particularly Gothic novels), she is very inexperienced at reading people. Her naiveté about the world and about the motivations and character of the people she meets is an endless source of confusion and frustration for her. Nonetheless, Catherine is very intelligent and learns from her mistakes, and can also be witty. Her strongest attributes are her integrity and caring nature.

Northanger Abbey was the first novel Jane Austen wrote. It is also the novel most closely related to the novels that influenced her reading, and parodies some of those novels, particularly Anne Radcliffe's Gothic novel The Mysteries of Udolpho. In creating Catherine, the heroine of Northanger Abbey, Austen creates the heroine of a Gothic novel. Both Austen and Catherine portray Catherine's life in heroic terms—Austen humorously, and Catherine seriously, especially when she suspects General Tilney of murdering his wife. Because Austen couches her portrayal of Catherine in irony, Catherine is realistically portrayed as deficient in experience and perception, unlike the heroines of Gothic and romance novels. Catherine fails to recognize the obvious developing relationship between her brother James and her friend Isabella; she fails to recognize Isabella's true nature until long after it has hurt her brother; she accidentally leads John Thorpe into thinking she loves him; and most significantly, she embarrasses herself in front of Henry Tilney when he finds out she suspects his father of murder. While Catherine is an avid reader of novels, she is inexperienced at reading people, and this is what causes many of the problems she encounters. By the end of the novel, she has become a much better judge of character, having learned from her mistakes with Isabella and General Tilney. She is also, perhaps, a bit more cynical about people, as Henry is. Ultimately, it is her integrity and caring nature that win Henry's heart and bring her happiness.

Physical Abilities

The basic talents of a Regency lady — dancing, drawing, reading, writing, maintaining a household — but not really proficient at them. About the only one she might be really good at is reading.

Superhuman Abilities

Not applicable, except perhaps for her ability to spin the weird and macabre out of the most ordinary situation.

Unusual or Magical Possessions

Not applicable

Appearance

"Beautiful" is too strong a word to describe her; "Pretty" fits her better. Brown hair which she often wears pinned up on the back and top of her head. Creamy complexion, slender without being skinny. Usually dressed in light-colored Empire frocks.

Personality

Friendly and cheerful, but in a lady-like way (hello, Regency-era mores…). Polite to the point of not often being able to say quite what's on her mind (ie. If she doesn't quite like someone or something, she may say the exact opposite, to avoid seeming disagreeable). But behind this, she's a bundle of churning thoughts and imagination bubbling over.

Relationships=

  • Family: Mother, Father, older brother James, eight other siblings, including two other older brothers and six younger siblings
  • Lovers:
  • Score card (People they snogged without dating):
  • Friends: Mrs. Allen, Mr. Allen, Isabella Thorpe,
  • Enemies:
  • Allies:
  • Affiliations (to a particular group, of origin, or not):

RP Canon

The road to Bath proved more dull than Cathy expected, and so she closed her eyes, imagining something exciting — only to have them opened abruptly when highwaymen attacked the carriage. She escaped, running off into the woods, and emerging onto the path across the lawn of the Mansion. Rushing to the front door, and hoping to meet a white lady who guards the house, she partly had her wish granted with Aredhel answered her knock. Once Cathy explained her plight, Aredhel sent Caranthir to see to the rescue of Cathy's companions.

Once settled and calmed down, Cathy started to acquaint herself with the denizens of the Mansion, including:

  • Taking a stroll in the wintry gardens with Hisoka Kurosaki,
  • Meeting Temeraire, being startled at his presence and then quickly befriending him once she realized he's a non-damsel-eating dragon,
  • Sharing a rustic meal in the woods with Asato
  • Tripping on Lia de Beaumont's skirt in a hallway and making an awkward apology to her.
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