Whereas the first versions of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice were subjected to large-scale revision, each probably at more than one period, and pre-eminently after Jane had settled at Chawton in 1809, there is little evidence that she altered Northanger Abbey a great deal after that date. In both theme and the portrayal of character it gives the impression of being the least mature and complex of her completed novels. Its characters are less developed, less rich and varied, than a number in Sense and Sensibility; and, though generally consistent in its merits, it has neither the polished style of Pride and Prejudice, nor the psychological cogency of its gradual development, which succeeds in changing the seemingly impossible into the probable and artistically satisfying.
KeywordsRetire Village Pretty Girl Polished Style Moral Tale Past Scene
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