The machinations of the Thorpe family dominate Northanger Abbey. Read now how John Thorpe's extravagance brought his family to the brink of ruin and enabled Captain Tilney to master that proud beauty Isabella Thorpe. Nor would he stop there when she possessed two lovely sisters, one barely sixteen. How can they, geographically separated by the dispersal of the family, resist him? Helen Baker modestly presents her eighth book inspired by Jane Austen and hopes it will give as much pleasure and profit in the reading as in the writing.