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Evelina by Fanny Burney

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By Fanny Burney

Leaving the secluded domestic of her dad or mum for the 1st time, appealing Evelina Anville is captivated by way of her new atmosphere in London's beau monde—and specifically by means of the good-looking, chivalrous Lord Orville. yet her leisure quickly turns to mortification by the hands of her vulgar and capricious grandmother, and the rakish Sir Clement Willoughby, who torments the naive younger lady together with his undesirable advances. And whereas her aristocratic father refuses to recognize her legitimacy, Evelina can carry no wish of happiness with the guy she loves.

released anonymously in 1778, Frances Burney's epistolary novel introduced her speedy repute while the key of its authorship used to be printed. With its creative mixture of romance and satire, comedy and melodrama, Evelina is a glowing depiction of the hazards and delights of trendy society.

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What these great expectations ultimately do, as the plot unfolds, is to send Pip right back to his story舗s beginning, to the stolen file and pork pie that bind his fate to that of a convict. All Pip舗s hopes for the future lead him straight to his past. Our sense of the futility of Pip舗s expectations is heightened by their very arbitrariness. Pip differs from many of his Victorian orphan counterparts in that his parents are comfortably accounted for from the outset. If there were any substantial inheritance headed Pip舗s way舒any missing rich uncle (Ȥ la Jane Eyre) or benevolent family friend (Ȥ la Oliver Twist)舒 those persons would certainly have stepped forward by now to claim him.

David Copperfield (1849-1850), Bleak House (1852-1853), Hard Times (1854), A Tale of Two Cities (1859), Great Expectations (1860- 1861), and Our Mutual Friend (1864-1865) are the great works of his masterful and prolific later period. In 1858 Dickens舗s twenty-three-year marriage to Catherine Hogarth dissolved when he fell in love with Ellen Ternan, a young actress. The last years of his life were filled with intense activity: writing, managing amateur theatricals, and undertaking several reading tours that reinforced the public舗s favorable view of his work but took an enormous toll on his health.

He muttered then, considering. 舡 舠My sister, sir舒Mrs. 舡 said he. And looked down at his leg. After darkly looking at his leg and at me several times, he came closer to my tombstone, took me by both arms, and tilted me back as far as he could hold me; so that his eyes looked most powerfully down into mine, and mine looked most helplessly up into his. 舠Now lookee here,舡 he said, 舠the question being whether you舗re to be let to live. 舡 After each question he tilted me over a little more, so as to give me a greater sense of helplessness and danger.

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