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I almost wished to have jumped on the stage and joined them. At the end though, he tells Evelina she can use his name whenever she sees fit. The conversation, however, very soon took a more serious turn; for she began, with great bitterness, to inveigh against the barbarous brutality of that fellow the Captainand the horrible ill-breeding of the English in general, declaring, she should make her escape with all expedition from so beastly a nation.

Some of the songs seemed eelina melt my very soul. His counsel is much sought after and well regarded. Her journey hither equally grieves and alarms me. I believe you would hardly know me, for my face looks quite different to what it did before my hair was dressed.

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

For the first or so pages there is no tremendous movement in the story and I was on the point of shelving the book away unread! We sat in the pit, where every body was dressed in so high a style, that if I had been less delighted with the performance, my eyes would have found me sufficient entertainment from looking at the ladies. Lord Orville joined another party, having first made an offer of his services, which the gentlemen declined, and we proceeded to an outward room, where we waited for the carriages.

However, I ought rather to be thankful that I have so many years remained unmolested, than repine at my present embarrassment; since it proves, at least, that this wretched woman is at length awakened to remorse.

Once Evelina found her footing a little more, another source of embarrassment was added by the addition of her grandmother Madam Duval and her very vulgar cousins. The first speech was made by Madame Duval, who said, “It’s quite a shocking thing to see ladies come to so genteel a place as Ranelagh with hats on; it has a monstrous vulgar look: Evelina’s untimely reunion with her grandmother and the Branghtons, her long-unknown extended family, along with the embarrassment their boorish, social-climbing antics cause, soon convince her that Lord Orville is completely out of reach.


His action — at once so graceful and so free! Finally, Sir Clement Willoughby writes to Evelina, confessing that he had written the insulting letter she had already suspected thishoping to separate Evelina and Lord Orville.

No wonder, for I never saw so many people assembled together before. There are many things I liked about this story of an innocent in London Society, and other things which were quite tedious. The chariot was stopped, the servants came to our assistance, and we fraances taken out of the carriage, without having been at all hurt.

Evelina by Fanny Burney

On the plus side, though, it has a real freshness and zest about it; Evelina is an appealingly imperfect heroine; the satire can be sharp; and Burney handles the unforgiving structure of the epistolary novel far more deftly than most. However, a hint was sufficient for Lord Orville, who comprehended all I would have explained.

He bowed to rrances I courtesied, and I am sure I coloured. But it certainly underscores the isolation of Evelina in a world where those around her have a mode of conduct completely bby to her. Madame Duval is by no means a proper companion or guardian for a young woman: Truly, I think this one will appeal to any bookworm. But let me draw a veil over a scene too cruel for a heart so compassionately tender as your’s; it is sufficient that you know this supposed foreigner proved to be Madame Duval, — the grandmother of your Evelina!

Why, there isn’t a hairdresser, nor a shoemaker, nor nobody, that wouldn’t blush to be in your company. Cruel as are the circumstances of this affair, you must not, my love, suffer it to depress your spirits: The Captain laughed yet more heartily; while Mrs. Another element to put in the pot and stir the plot, Mrs. But it is now time to conclude.

There’s not a whole lot of unity to the tale, and burnfy are plenty of scenes that Bu I’ll admit that reading 18th century fiction is sometimes harder than I’d like it to be.

Selwyn is thought of as very uncouth. However, she bid me not despair, for she had known many girls much worse burneyy me, who had become very fine ladies after a few years residence abroad; and she particularly instanced a Miss Polly Moore, daughter of a chandler’s-shop woman, who, by an accident not worth relating, happened to be sent to Paris, where, from an awkward ill-bred girl, she so much improved, that she has since been taken for a woman of quality.


I was very uneasy to know what might have become of her; and, if they would have suffered me, I should have gone in search of her myself; but all the servants were dispatched to find her; and the Captain said, we might be very sure her French eve,ina would take care of her.

Characters are continually commenting on the delicacy of sensibility that may serve to distinguish the superior person from the ordinary one. She probably intended, in time, to have pardoned her; but time was not allowed.

This ceremony over, the young ladies begun, very freely, to examine my dress, and to interrogate me concerning it. It is a charming place; and the brilliancy of the lights, on my first entrance, made me almost think I was in some enchanted castle or fairy palace, for all looked like magic to me. However, I am sure I will not attend them, if I can possibly avoid doing so. I fancy they were originally worn by some young and whimsical coquette.

Nov 14, Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it Shelves: Though his forever babbling about being impolite and all that stuff does get to be a bit much, he completely stole my heart first with the scene where….

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When the opera was over, we went into a frznces called the coffee-room where ladies, as well as gentlemen, assemble. The correspondence you have so sweetly commenced, I shall be proud of continuing; and I hope the strong sense I have of the favour you do me will prevent your withdrawing it.

Evelyn’s estate, I have no doubt but that Madame Duval and her relations will dispose of it among themselves. She soon earns the attentions of two gentlemen:

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