How does Catherine compare to the other heroines we've read so far? Why do you think Austen created her?
catherine is altogether "young" and inexperienced. i think this was a conscious choice of austen's though, it gave northanger abbey a sort of...well, comic feel (i dont think comic is the right word, more like parody...). gothic novels usually dont have naive characters, this made her story more interesting. i think catherine would make a good match for friendship with mrs bennet: mrs bennet could totally be that little gossiping parrot on her shoulder, and catherine would easiy believe her. : )