Evelina: Or, the History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World
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A beautiful heroine of dubious birth slowly comes of age in Frances Burney’s Evelina, which follows, through a series of letters, the mortifying trials and tribulations Evelina must endure along the way. Evelina is the lovely but unacknowledged child of an aristocrat who has been raised in the country by a stern reverend. She goes to spend several months with the Howards, and as part of her journey experiences the glitter and glitz of eighteenth-century London. Though she is an unsophisticated country girl, Evelina’s beauty soon attracts numerous suitors, including Lord Orville, a gallant but inconsistent man. Evelina’s attention, though, is absorbed by the schemes of her grandmother, Madame Duval. Duval hatches a plan to sue Sir Belmont, Evelina’s father, to make him acknowledge her as his daughter, but Sir Belmont claims to have never abandoned Evelina in the first place. The plot thickens when Evelina encounters a “Miss Belmont” at a ball, and Lord Orville sends Evelina a cryptic and insulting letter. As the mystery unravels, Evelina’s true parentage comes to light, allowing her to reunite with loved ones she had thought lost forever, and granting her the good fortune that she has deserved all along.
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IN the republic of letters, there is no member of such inferior rank, or who is so much disdained by his brethren of the quill, as the humble Novelist; nor is his fate less hard in the world at large, since, among the whole class of writers, perhaps not one can be named of which ...
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