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It is about a disowned seventeen years old girl Evelina trying to enter into society and also trying to gain her rightful place. It appears that all doubts have been resolved between Lord Orville and Evelina, especially when Mrs Selwyn informs her that she overheard Lord Orville arguing with Sir Clement about the latter’s inappropriate attentions to Evelina.

Their relationships is only interesting when Evelina thinks he wrote her an offensive letter, but one can just make out some frannces interest in the two when Orville keeps coming across Evelina in the most surprising places. Then the other thing that re 3.

Evelina, Or, the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World by Fanny Burney

I looked about for some of my acquaintance, but in vain; for I saw not one person that I knew, which is very odd, for all the world seemed there.

Almost the same moment that Maria was presented to him, he began some rude jests upon the bad shape of her nose, and called her a tall ill-formed thing. Nevertheless, many of the characters are vividly drawn and entertaining to read about, and one wishes the heroine to come to no lasting harm, if only because the shape of the marriage plot requires it. But it certainly underscores the isolation of Evelina in a world where those around her have There are many things I liked about this story of an innocent in London Society, and other things which were quite tedious.

Also one appreciable thing is all the characters were very thoughtfully designed and portrayed.

Sinister views would be imputed to all I could say; since, thus situated, to extol your judgment, would seem the effect of art, and to celebrate your impartiality, be attributing to suspecting it. Evelyn’s estate, I have no doubt but that Madame Duval and her relations will dispose of it among themselves. Nevertheless, it contains some very creepy messages.

And at last he said, “Is it really possible that a man whom you have honoured with your acceptance can fail to be at hand to profit from your goodness? We were obliged to wait in this disagreeable situation near an hour before a hackney-coach could be found; and then we were disposed in the same manner as before our accident. It’s not terrible, but there’s only so much you can do with a story about boring people falling slowly into boring love.

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The Evelima, too, offered his service; which I declined, from a fear she should suppose I meant to insult her.

I was thunderstruck at the recollection: I readily accepted a seat, and then begged he would go. He does not seem to want a common understanding, though he is very contracted and prejudiced: Stanley’s, when I was spoken of in so mortifying a manner.

His remarks upon the company in general were so apt, so just, so lively, I am almost surprised myself that they did not reanimate me; but, indeed, I was too well convinced of the ridiculous part I had myself played before so nice an observer, to be able to enjoy his pleasantry: And to me, may it grant, the ultimate blessing of closing these aged eyes in the arms of one so dear — so deservedly beloved!

This put so great a constraint on my thoughts, that I was unable to go further than a monosyllable, and not even so far, when I could possibly avoid it. I could not close my eyes the whole night.

Refresh and try again. However, your child is writing herself; and that, I doubt not, will more avail than all we can possible urge. Secure of my protection, evelija relying on my tenderness, let no apprehensions of Madame Duval disturb your peace: Published anonymously inits style is epistolary, something very common for Regency writers, particularly female.

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Her initial enthusiasm for the wonders of London diminishes after she attends her first ball. But these dear ladies are so pressing — I cannot, for my life, resist wishing for the pleasures they offer me, — provided you do not disapprove them. I would have them love each other as sisters, and reciprocally supply the place of that tender and happy relationship to which neither of them has a natural claim.

Her innocence causes her to make some remarkably bad choices, but it could not be more obvious that she will need to trust to it for her deliverance.

She paints her buffoons and her true gentlemen with a broad brush, and she gives us every degree of coarseness and gentility side-by-side. Her curiosity was insatiable; she inquired evelinx every action of my life, and every particular that had fallen under my observation in the lives of all I knew.

Now I very much fear, that to accommodate all this good company, according to bjrney a rule, would be utterly impracticable, unless we should choose subjects from Swift’s hospital of idiots. The Captain says he won’t stay bueney to be smoked with filth any longer; but, having been seven years smoked with a burning sunhe will retire to the country, and sink into a fair weather chap.


The joyful occasion of the journey; the gaiety of the whole party, opposed to the dull life she must lead, if left here with a solitary old woman for her sole companion, while she so well knows the cheerfulness and felicity enjoyed by the rest of the family, — are circumstances that seem to merit your consideration. The Mirvans finally return to the country, taking Evelina and Mme Duval with them.

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I turned hastily toward fances In books, therefore, imitation cannot be shunned too sedulously; for the very perfection of a model which is frequently seen, serves but more forcibly to mark the inferiority of a copy.

The manner in which Madame Duval was pleased to introduce me to this family extremely shocked me. And, indeed, they took so much trouble, that I was almost ashamed I could not. We waited some time without any tidings, and were soon the only party in the room. Grandmother and the captain spark trouble, more like a forest fire, when they meet in the city. Evelins out of its treatment of contrasts — the peace of the countryside and the cultured and social excitement of London and Bristol, the crowd of life-like vulgarians and the elegant gentry — the novel reveals superbly the life and temper of eighteenth-century England, as seen through the curiosity of its young heroine.

Stanley, a very fashionable lady of Mrs. Believe me, my beloved child, my heart aches for your suffering, while it dictates its necessity.

Characters are continually commenting on the delicacy of sensibility that may serve to distinguish the superior person from the ordinary one. Miss Mirvan was soon engaged; and presently after a very fashionable gay looking man, who seemed about thirty years of age, addressed himself to me, and begged to have the honour of dancing with me. But how I was startled when she whispered me that my partner was a nobleman!

At this instant, Mrs. Well, my dear Sir, we went to Ranelagh. There are elements of both those novels in Evelina, but Birney does not copy their style. However, I have seen nothing yet, so I ought not to judge. Through it, the author shows us the life of the upper classes, their intense social life and their interests, from the most essentially all the way to the stupid ones, and presents us with some characteristic figures of the time.

Yes, she was virtuous but she didn’t make a parade of her virtue and didn’t write a bh line of evslina