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Jane Austen's satire on early 19th century Gothic romances. A young woman who has read too many novels is invited to visit a wealthy family residing in a former medieval abbey.
Northanger Abbey has plenty to offer the Austen fan, including her wit ("I don't speak well enough to be unintelligble.") and her observations on human nature ("No man is offended by another man's admiration of the woman he loves; it is the woman only who can make it a torment."), and is only slightly marred by a deus-ex-machina conclusion.