The Mysteries of Udolpho

Title

The Mysteries of Udolpho

Subject

Books

Description

While in Bath, Catherine Morland is reading The Mysteries of Udolpho and discusses it excitedly with Isabella. Catherine loves to read novels, and Udolpho quickly becomes one of her favorite topics of conversation. John Thorpe’s dismissal of novels as insipid and Henry Tilney’s enjoyment of Udolpho help demonstrate the compatibility between Catherine and Henry. While Henry and Eleanor balance the enjoyment of the novel with good sense, Catherine is heavily influenced by the gothic mystery and begins to see evidence of horrors at Northanger Abbey. The novel’s influence leads her into her horrible suspicions about Captian Tilney that cause a conflict between Catherine and Henry.

Creator

Ann Radcliffe

Source

Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen

Contributor

Brianna Sumption

Type

Novel

Files

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Citation

Ann Radcliffe, “The Mysteries of Udolpho,” The Museum of Fictional Literary Artifacts, accessed January 28, 2023, https://mfla.omeka.net/items/show/293.