Austen's posthumously published novel, Northanger Abbey, is a delightful satire of the period's Gothic novels, poking fun at romantic follies of the genteel classes. When seventeen-year-old Catherine Morland, a country clergyman's daughter, is invited to spend a season in Bath with the fashionable high society, little does she imagine the delights and perils that await her. Captivated and flustered by what she finds, and introduced to the joys of Gothic novels by her new friend, Isabella Thorpe, Catherine yearns for romance and mystery. Her expectations soar when she invited to stay with the beguiling Henry Tilney and his family in Northanger Abbey. Because she has been reading Ann Radcliffes, gothic novel The Mysteries of Udlpho, Catherine expects mystery and intrigue at every turn. However, the truth turns out to be even stranger than fiction.