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Aubrey (korrick) | 2004 comments The Coquette, or, The History of Eliza Wharton, Hannah Webster Foster, 1797, United States, NOVEL

"...Eliza is no ingenuous sixteen-year-old; she is past adolescence, has opinions, and wants more from her life than the narrow path that has been allotted to her. She agrees to an engagement she does not want because "both nature and education had instilled into my mind an implicit obedience to the will and desires of my parents." but also because "I saw, from our first acquaintance, his declining health; and expected, that the event should prove as it has."..."

(E.B., p. 351)

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Alex My review:

The message here isn't that Eliza is a bad person; it's that society sucks, and "vivacity" like hers will be crushed at all costs.

Aubrey (korrick) | 2004 comments Thanks so much for reading and reviewing this one, Alex. While I want all books by women to be read more, I'm especially keen on getting the really old ones, aka the ones written when women were assumed to not be writing, more exposure. Bonus points if they're discovered to be quality lit and worthy of "classic" status, which seems to be the case here.

Alex Yeah, this was really exciting for me. All too often, when I read some kind of "lost classic", I realize that it's lost because it's not that great. (Looking Backward comes to mind - an early utopian novel that sucks.) But here...no, this book is awesome.

Aubrey (korrick) | 2004 comments I've submitting my review for this: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

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