2. Develop what seems to be Austen's theory of the novel, as evidenced by her comments (both as narrator and through various characters). Is Northanger Abbey intended to be (1) an exemplar or model novel, (2) a corrective of other novels, (3) a criticism of the novel form, or something else?
3. Samuel Johnson says that "the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain." Trace the conflict between expectation and reality in the novel, where several characters make assumptions, develop expectations, only to find reality quite different. Is reality disappointing? Is it shocking? Is it instructive? Is it better than expectation?
4. Research the Roman poet Horace and Horatian satire. Is the novel a Horatian satire? If so, in what sense? What are the elements of it in the novel?
2. Use Words.exe to construct word lists of Northanger Abbey and Frankenstein. Compare the usage of abstract, general nouns (for example, circumstance, consequence, influence) in each by number of words and number of occurrences. What, if any, differences do you find? Take the list of abstract nouns from Words.exe and run them in MTAS. Are there clusters of occurrence? If so, what plot elements do they cluster with? What is the significance of this?
3. Use MTAS to plot the occurrences of words of ordinariness: duty, duties, useful, plain, common, moderation, sense and so on, and then plot words related to extraordinariness, such as fashioable, air, smart-looking, fine, beauty, etc. Analyze your findings in relation to plot, character, or theme.
4. Plot the words relating to money, such as money, pounds, sums,
fortune, rich, wealth, wealthy, property, millions, income, estate, inheritance,
and then go to the text to discover the thematic events in progress at
the peaks of occurrence. Why is money being mentioned and by whom? Are
there significant times when money is not being mentioned?