Study Guide

Northanger Abbey Characters

By Jane Austen

Catherine Morland

As Jane Austen helpfully informs us at the beginning of Northanger Abbey, Catherine Morland isn't...

Henry Tilney

Henry Tilney has a few things in common with another famous Henry – Henry Higgins of George...

Isabella Thorpe

Isabella Thorpe might just be the most entertaining person in the entire novel. You might say,...

John Thorpe

If John Thorpe is loud, rude, a bit dimwitted, blustering, and really overbearing –...

Eleanor Tilney

Eleanor Tilney is arguably the most serious character in the book, on two levels. On the one...

General Tilney

General Tilney is accurately, if understatedly, described by Mrs. Morland as a "strange man"...

James Morland

Catherine's older brother is definitely in the running for best brother in this book. James is...

Captain Frederick Tilney

Captain Tilney is the epitome of the bad boy. He's the type who rides into town on a motorcycle,...

Mrs. Allen

As Catherine's supposed chaperone, Mrs. Allen is pretty ineffectual. If Catherine were more...

Mr. Allen

Mr. Allen clearly has a monopoly on all the common sense in his marriage to Mrs. Allen. He...

Mrs. Morland

Mrs. Morland is a very good, if somewhat naive, parent. The entire Morland family is a bit...

Mr. Morland

We definitely hear and see less of Mr. Moreland that his spouse. In fact, Mr. Morland completely...

Sarah Morland

Catherine's younger sister Sarah, or Sally, is a failure as a sibling, as least in terms of...

Mrs. Thorpe

The matriarch of the Thorpe clan seems to have a very hands-off approach to parenting. Her...

Anne Thorpe

One of Isabella's younger sisters, Anne Thorpe seems to be the Jan Brady of the Thorpe family....

Maria Thorpe

A younger sister of Isabella, Maria goes on the rather infamous Clifton excursion and appears to...

Mrs. Tilney

Mrs. Tilney died nine years prior to the events in Northanger Abbey of a sudden and tragic...