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UNSOLVED: One specific book > 18th century London--heroine with speech impediment

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message 1: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 4 comments Ok booklovers, I need your help.

I started reading a book about a month ago and I was sucked into the story but can't remember the title or where I might have put the book. Go figure.

Does anyone recognise this orientation? I have a feeling it MAY have been a Penguin classic... Doh.

Young woman--18th century London--terrible speech impediment. Accepted into university but sent to America to see speech specialist before commencement--travelled with aunt--"dentist" ripped teeth out--young woman refused to complete treatment--father threatened legal action to get the gold false tooth sent from New York.

That was basically it. Please wrack your brain! It's killing me!


This was only the orientation. I'm sure the story moved well past this.

It wasn't Dickens.


message 2: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 4 comments This was only the beginning of. The store are you developed much beyond this. I think you would have had strong themes about feminism.


message 3: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 4 comments Oh my goodness?,autocorrect and a smashed phone screen do NOT mix!!!


message 4: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 38154 comments Mod
A woman being accepted into a university in 18th century London probably wouldn't happen in the literature of the 18th or 19th century...plus if there are strong themes of feminism it would most likely be late 19th century into the 20th century. This is all assuming it's a Penguin Classic. If it's not a classic work, all bets are off.

Was the author male or female?

Can you remember anything about the cover?

We can probably rule out Henry James (?) because as far as I'm aware he didn't set anything in the 18th century, although he did sometimes have feminist themes, and I could see him writing a plotline about teeth.


message 5: by Lisa (new)

Lisa | 4 comments Everything I remember is above, unfortunately. I'm not certain that it was about feminism thematically, that was just the vibe I got based on the fact there was a woman going to university in an age of men. I can't remember the cover at all.

With the quantity of books I own and the quantity of books I read, I suppose this was always going to happen. It's very frustrating!


message 6: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 38154 comments Mod
Lisa, are you still looking for this or did you find it?


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