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Continuing in the great tradition of gently mocking "The Complete Jane Austen," here is "Northanger Abbey," slightly belated. I enjoyed this adaptation much more than the first two times I watched it. For once I think the editing helped.

Spoilers, obviously. Some of the images are slightly more suggestive than the American broadcast. Those marked with an asterisk are among cut scenes. Once again, screen caps courtesy of the awesome

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Northanger Abbey, or How Adorable Are the Tilney Children Going to Be?


Oh, Baby Catherine! You have no idea what Andrew Davies has in store for you. 



The adorable Felicity Jones playing the adorable Catherine Morland. 



The image that launched a thousand “I love reading” icons.



“Hmm. Our daughter isn’t that ugly anymore, is she, my dear?”



“I’m going to do what against a tree?”



Catherine travels with the Allens to Bath, or as it’s more commonly known that-one-street-in-Dublin-
that-if-you-angle-the-camera-just-right-kinda-sortal-almost-looks-like-Bath-but-no-one-will-know-the-
difference-anyway-so-it-doesn’t-really-matter.



Yup. Definitely almost pretty today.



The adorable JJ Field.



They meet cute.



You know what they say about a man who knows his muslin. (Okay, that shot is kind of creepy.)



He’s totally wearing guy liner.



Jane Austen would be so proud.



Catherine meets Isabella Thorpe and the girls. (And by girls I don’t meet her sisters.)



“I’m going to do what in a bathtub?”



Oh, look. It’s John Thorpe, the slightly more attractive younger brother of the alien bounty hunter. 



You know you see the family resemblence.



Isabella and her cleavage are so happy for Catherine and John.



But what's this?



Some hussy on Mr. Tilney’s arm.



And by hussy I mean sister. Catherine feels better now.



Captain Crewe! I mean General Tilney! (And if anyone gets that reference I will be thoroughly impressed with you.) 



Feeling a bit foolish now. 



Not as hot as wet naval captains.



This is Andrew Davies’ way of getting over his regret that he didn’t write that whole Embeth Davitz undressing Frances O’Conner scene in “Mansfield Park.”



“The press thinks I have a thing for John Thorpe? Have they read the book?” Silly question, Catherine. Silly question.



No good can come of this conversation.



Since it was inexplicably not included in this adaptation, I feel compelled to say for the record, “The person, be it 
gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel must be intolerably stupid.”



Hide the children.*



There are clergymen in the trees.* 



I’m…just…I’m mortified for the both of them.*



That's better.



Too cute.



Who knew there was bondage in Austen’s day?



Adore “curricle” riding. 



Welcome to Northanger Abbey. Also known as Edinburgh Castle. 



Dude.



Should have paid more attention to the dinner scenes in "Gosford Park."



What could it be? The suspense is killing me!



Oh, it’s nothing important. Just all of Henry’s funny lines from the book. 



Dear Jane, Sorry about the whole tree thing. It wasn't my idea.



Now that General Tilney is gone the real fun can begin. Activities will include:



Adorable apple picking.* 



Adorable crumpet toasting. 



Adorable horseback riding in big hats.



Look there between the trees! It’s my favorite scene from the novel. Oh, well. Moving on. 



“Yes, you want her. Look at her you know you do. Possible she wants you to. There is one way to find out.”



Dorothy hasn’t been doing her job very well, has she?



Busted!



Great coat!



“Badly done, Emma.” Sorry. Wrong book. 



Lesson learned? Reading is bad. (Yeah, ’cause that’s really the point of the book.)



“Am I really this dumb?”



"Yes."



“All this because I thought your father was a homicidal maniac who keeps his children in a perpetual state of 
fear? Geez. Sensitive family.”



“Hungry?”



“So, our Cathy isn’t as dumb as we feared?”



Thanks, Ma.



Oh, no she didn’t.* (Thankfully on PBS she didn’t.)



Adorable apologizing.



Adorable proposing.



Okay, I’ve held my tongue long enough.



I really, really hate...


...the hats in this adaptation! There. I feel better now.

finis

 

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On January 27th, 2008 07:04 am (UTC), auroragamgee commented:
Look there between the trees! It’s my favorite scene from the novel. Oh, well. Moving on.

Ahhahahahaha. Thank you so much for this. I was greatly amused.
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On February 18th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC), austengeek replied:
Thanks for reading. Love your icon!
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On January 27th, 2008 07:48 am (UTC), madamekat commented:
Wow, I was laughing so hard reading your commentary!

The hat I hated the most was Isabella's first hat. Just horrid! Catherine's ugly bonnet looked like the horses on the set trampled on it, and they barely attempted to smooth it back out.
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On February 18th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC), austengeek replied:
Isabella's hats were pretty bad, but I fear the one I hated most was that floppy thing they kept making Eleanor wear.

Thanks for reading.
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On January 27th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC), odetokeats commented:
A Little Princess - am I right, am I right? Hahahaha love that film =]

Brilliant picspam! Made me chuckle!! Hee hee. Ohhhh I have to go rewatch that for the millionth time now =]

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On February 18th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC), austengeek replied:
Absolutely right. (And not as obscure as I thought.)

Thanks for reading!
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On February 18th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC), austengeek replied:
Glad to know I wasn't the only one to get the MP vibes. :) Thanks for reading!
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On January 27th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC), narnialovers commented:
Wonderful picspam, as usual!xD

Captain Crewe! I mean General Tilney! (And if anyone gets that reference I will be thoroughly impressed with you.)

Hehe, A Little Princess is one of my favorite movies!=D


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On February 18th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC), austengeek replied:
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!
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On February 18th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC), austengeek replied:
I'm hoping they just aged him dramatically with that wig. In a dream world, he'd be playing Jason Isaacs' brother in something.

Thanks for reading!
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On January 27th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC), valancy_s commented:
the slightly more attractive younger brother of the alien bounty hunter

EEK SO TRUE!!!!!!!!

I also rofled at the Patricia-Rozema-envy and the Little Mermaid reference :D But I'm afraid David Yelland is Captain Crewe to me.

And I am with you in mourning Henry's best lines and the visit to Woodston. This adaptation was cute, but missing a lot of what makes the book spectacular. At least it didn't take itself too seriously, though.
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On February 18th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC), austengeek replied:
Oh, I love that book cover. Classic! Thanks for reading!
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On January 27th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC), radiotardislive commented:
“Badly done, Emma.” Sorry. Wrong book.

Hehe, I thought that too!

OMG! IT'S CAPTAIN CREWE!! He looks so much older... and scarier...

Loved it!
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On February 18th, 2008 03:33 am (UTC), austengeek replied:
Thanks for reading. Your icon makes me long to see "Cranford." We only have two months until we see it state-side.
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On February 19th, 2008 08:53 am (UTC), radiotardislive replied:
You'll love it when you see it, I can guarantee you! (Especially Mary and Jack, the people in my icon!) ;D
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On February 18th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC), austengeek replied:
Felicity is fantastic, isn't she? Yup, the bathtub was edited out of the PBS version. Thankfully so. It did nothing to improve the original broadcast.

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On January 27th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC), ephramyfan commented:
LOL that was hilarious!
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On February 18th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC), austengeek replied:
Thanks for reading. Love your icon!
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On January 27th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC), three_nails commented:
This was great =D!
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On February 18th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC), austengeek replied:
Glad you enjoyed it!
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On January 28th, 2008 12:10 am (UTC), alovelyfix replied:
It was cut from the PBS airing and the US dvds; I believe it's on the UK dvds, though :)
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On January 28th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC), alovelyfix commented:
Ha, lovely. I really think they picked choice scenes to cut (except the apple picking!!) I really would have been mortified by the bathroom fantasy. It would have been Frances-O'Connor-walking-in-on-Victoria-Hamilton-and-Alessandro-Nivola all over again. Except...probably prettier.

And, can I just say that I thought fantasy!Catherine looked like Geena Davis. I think it's her mouth. here and here, particularly. Yes, I did have a dose of crazy today.

Thank you for the adorableness ♥
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On February 18th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC), austengeek replied:
I can see a bit of Geena Davis in her where you said. Thanks so much for reading!

And also, your icon is wonderful. Desmond is love.
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On February 18th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC), alovelyfix replied:
Thank you :D Yay Desmond!
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On January 28th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC), nochediosa commented:
That was hilarious!

“Yes, you want her. Look at her you know you do. Possible she wants you to. There is one way to find out.”

Sebastian from Disney's the little mermaid came singing in my head!
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On February 18th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC), austengeek replied:
Sorry to get the song in your head, but thanks for reading anyway!
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On January 28th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC), enchantinglight commented:
The image that launched a thousand “I love reading” icons.

I certainly have no idea what you are talking about. ;-P

Catherine meets Isabella Thorpe and the girls. (And by girls I don’t meet her sisters.)

THAT made me laugh aloud. It was like every shot with her was designed so as to always show off her breasts!

Adorable apple picking.*

Which we US viewers apparently aren't good enough to get to see. Ever.

That was good! :-D



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On February 18th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC), austengeek replied:
hehe Yeah, I don't understand why we were deprived of adorable apple picking. Because it was adorable. The only time clergymen should really be in trees if you ask me.

Thanks for reading!
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On January 28th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC), nindulgence commented:
So very, very adorable--thanks for posting!

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On February 18th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC), austengeek replied:
It's really the only word to describe it. Thanks for reading!
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On January 29th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC), ant3ka commented:
That was wonderful!! :)
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On February 18th, 2008 03:39 am (UTC), austengeek replied:
Thank you!
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On January 29th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC), exlibris_sarah commented:
Aahhh, that was great!
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On February 18th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC), austengeek replied:
Glad you enjoyed it!
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On January 29th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC), pipbongbb commented:
Ha ha, you're funny!! Especially with John Thorpe (my sister and I call him the planet of the apes)

Too bad in the US version, they didn't show the bath scene or the apple picking scene or the burning of the book scene. Sad.
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On February 18th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC), austengeek replied:
I think it's actually a good thing we didn't get the bath scene. Because it was just that ridiculous. The apple picking scene I am sorry we lost. Thanks for reading!
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On January 31st, 2008 02:58 am (UTC), word_never_said commented:
OMFG. SO FUNNY. I love this! I was inspired by your persuasion thing, to make icons like that but with Northanger Abbey. You gave me a few more ideas! <3

This is Andrew Davies’ way of getting over his regret that he didn’t write that whole Embeth Davitz undressing Frances O’Conner scene in “Mansfield Park.” Or, "I totally know how Keira Knightly feels in P&P. Bloody cleavage!" <3
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On February 18th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC), austengeek replied:
Thank you! It means so much to me to know people are enjoying this. And glad to know it's inspiring more creativity.
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On February 2nd, 2008 07:41 am (UTC), archimeaties commented:
Hahaha!

And the alien bounty hunter! YES!
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On February 18th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC), austengeek replied:
Thank you! Especially for feeling the same way about the alien bounty hunter!
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On February 4th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC), lilrosiecheeks commented:
HA! Brilliant! The adorableness was emploding all over this movie.

Look there between the trees! It’s my favorite scene from the novel. Oh, well. Moving on.
So true! Though I think we can sadly insert that into all of the new ITV(PBS) adaptations.
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On February 18th, 2008 03:53 am (UTC), austengeek replied:
haha Yes, very true. Thanks for reading!
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On December 6th, 2013 09:33 am (UTC), ladyadeone commented:
Thanks ever so much for this quite entertaining (and enlightening) post. I found it while looking for info on the deleted scenes. Courtesy of the screencaps, I have now decided I can happily give up the apple picking scene to be spared the bathtub scene. *sigh*
I love your captions!
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