it's amazing how much history a bath house can hold. beyond the rich history though, "northanger abbey" made me more curious about bath than any wikipedia entry. i wanted to see the place, and compare against my personal impressions from the novel. of course, once there, wide-eyed-me forgot to check if there is a jane austen house in bath (which there is), and just went about our merry way walking about, hitting up the historical tour of the spa, and drinking a glass of the "medicinal" waters.
in homage to austen, i managed to pick up a classic copy of "pride and prejudice" in one of the bookshops, as well as kazuo ishiguro's "nocturnes." i found it strange that none of the 5 bookstores we sifted through had "darcy's passions" or any book that represented mr. darcy's perspective in the story "pride and prejudice." granted, it's written by an american, but i thought it would complete the tribute to austen. the same story, in his and her eyes.