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Our breakfast fanmy the most agreeable meal, if it may be called a mealthat we have had since we came to town. However, pray don’t suppose that I make any point of going, for I shall hardly sigh, to see them depart without me, though I shall probably never meet with such another opportunity. I turned hastily toward him: Innovative in its coolly detached treatment of contemporary manners and its use of the erring and uncertain conduct of the heroine for its plot development, Evelina pointed the way for the novels of Jane Austen.

Mirvan, deserved a better lot.

Here, I found it constricting in many ways My impatience for his arrival will be very great, though inferior to that with which I burn to tell you, in person, evelinz much I am, my sweet girl, your grateful admirer, “ORVILLE.

I am genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.

But what most diverted me was, that we were more frequently served by men than by women; and such men! Ultimately, Lord Orville suggests that the unfortunate girl be named co-heiress with Evelina; kindhearted Evelina is delighted.

The new introduction and full notes to this edition help make this richness all the more readily available to a modern reader. 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! This sentimental novelwhich has notions of sensibility and early romanticismsatirizes the society in which it is set and is a significant precursor to the work of Jane Austen and Maria Edgeworthwhose novels explore many of the same issues.


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. I cannot too much thank you, my best Evelina, for the minuteness of your communications. It was settled that we should return to town in the same manner we came to Ranelagh; and, accordingly, Monsieur Du Bois handed Madame Duval into a hackney coach, and was just preparing to follow her, when she screamed, and jumped hastily out, declaring she was wet through all her clothes.

He is worried that once she samples all the fine things of the city, she will never be satisfied with the simple life she leads with him.

We passed a most extraordinary evening. Jan 25, Sherwood Smith added it Shelves: It is a must read for any Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer fan.

Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. Addressing Lord Orville with great respect, he said, “I beg pardon, my Lord, — if I was — as I fear might be the case — rather too severe in my censure of the lady who is honoured with your protection — but, my Lord, ill-breeding is apt to provoke a man.

Evelina by Fanny Burney

However, I recently read the scene where he said he loves Evelina so now I’m confused. I burndy them I had. Her initial enthusiasm for the wonders of London diminishes after she attends her first ball.

Through a series of humorous events that take place in London fanng the resort town of Hotwellsnear BristolEvelina learns to navigate the complex layers of 18th-century society and earn the love of a distinguished nobleman.

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

Yet her income will be such as may fannny her happy, if she is disposed to be so in private life; though it will by no means allow her to enjoy the luxury of a London fine lady.


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. Branghton with all the most secret and cruel particulars of my situation!

The letter form didn’t entirely work for me, but Evelina is an interesting character, and it’s a fun read. Mirvan endeavourd to divert the Captain’s ill-humour, by starting new subjects: I believe I am bewitched! To avoid what is common, without fann what is unnatural, must limit the ambition of the vulgar herd of authors: I would not frighten you; — but do you think you could bear to part with your young companion for two or three months?

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.

We did not see any body we knew. Being a bit of a rake, he had evelinx married Evelina’s mom for her fortune. I shall ever think my name honoured by your making use of it.

His action — at once so fabny and so free! So that, far from enjoying a conversation which might, at any other time, have delighted me, I continued silent, uncomfortable, and ashamed. I’m glad I did. What an unfortunate adventure! She must have been married very early in life: I enjoyed this well enough to try another novel by Burney in the future.