John Thorpe is the selfish and boastful older brother of Isabella Thorpe who, in part…
Northerner Abbey heroine Catherine Morland meets Isabella Thorpe in Bath. The two young women become friends through their shared love of horrid novels.
Age: At least 21, she is described as being at least four years older than the 17 year old Catherine Morland.
Primary Residence: During the course of the book she is staying in Bath with her mother and sisters, but their principle residence is near London, probably in a town called Tunbridge.
Spouse: Probably not any time soon. Isabella was briefly engaged to Catherine’s older brother James, but that relationship ended due to her pursuit of Captain Tilney.
Other Family: Isabella lives with her mother and two younger sisters. She also three brothers: John, Edward, and William. Her father is deceased.
Physical Characteristics: Isabella is described as having great personal beauty.
Personality Characteristics: Isabella is a manipulative fortune hunter. She consistently tries to make friends with people based on their usefulness to her and her goals of marrying someone with money.
What to call her:
- Isabella – Her family and close friends. This is likely a larger group than is typical for the time as the Thorpe family seems prone to casualness. Also, the fact that she and Catherine are using each other’s first names from a very early point in their friendship along with other behavior hints that she is prone to fast-tracking emotional connections.
- Miss Thorpe – Anyone she is not on a first name basis with.