Learning to Love a Hyacinth: The Education of Catherine's Heart and Mind


After Catherine arrives at Northanger Abbey, her obsession with gothic fiction leads to some humorous mishaps and serious errors. With some help from Henry, Catherine eventually learns to confront life’s challenges with greater courage. These events illustrate what Austen has to say about the challenge of “learning to love.”


Audio Version

Download Audio

Q & A Session

Q & A Audio Version

Download Audio

Recommended Readings

Please note: in order to view the readings for this week, you must log in to your account.

Don't have an online courses account yet? Register for a free account now.


Lorraine Murphy is associate professor of English at Hillsdale College. She received her B.A. from Davidson College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Loyola University – Chicago.