Money makes the world go round – or at least the world of Northanger Abbey. Money determines economic and social class, which in turn dictates behavior. Class is central to the overriding marriage concerns that govern society at large, as well as the bulk of the novel's main characters. Money and class definitely create boundaries, but Northanger Abbey often focuses on how things cross these class boundaries: rumors, reading material, relationships, other 'r' words. Money often slams the boundaries between people back down, but usually not for long in Austen's text.
Northanger Abbey depicts a world where class boundaries are highly permeable and ultimately somewhat illusory.
Northanger Abbey criticizes wealthy and urban lifestyles and prefers simple, country life.