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Charlotte Lennox
Ruth Perry
Susan Carlile
Copyright Date: 2008
Pages: 328
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    A pioneer in the tradition of English women's fiction, Charlotte Lennox was valued friend to both Samuel Richardson and Samuel Johnson and a major influence on Jane Austen. The heroine of Charlotte Lennox's Henrietta is a young Englishwoman who resists her aunt's pressure to convert to Catholicism and is set adrift in London society. But unlike many of her passive, vulnerable contemporaries in fiction, the admirable Henrietta makes her way in the world relying on her own cleverness, conviction, and wit. This groundbreaking work of satire and human folly is republished here in a fully annotated modern edition.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-2927-3
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
    (pp. vii-xxx)

    When Charlotte Lennox wroteHenrietta, she was in the thick of a very active London literary career. Already the author of a volume of poems, two novels, a remarkable work of literary criticism and history about Shakespeare in three volumes, a dramatic pastoral in verse, and three very well-received translations of historical memoirs from the French in ten hefty volumes, Lennox worked indefatigably to make a living from her writing, not only with her publications but also through her business dealings with booksellers and literati. Her correspondence shows her soliciting new books to translate, trying to arrange for new editions...

    (pp. xxxi-xxxiv)
    (pp. xxxv-xxxviii)
  6. Henrietta

    • Volume I

      • [Volume I Front Matter]
        (pp. 1-6)
        (pp. 7-44)

        About the middle of July, 17——, when the Windsor stage-coach with the accustomed number of passengers was proceeding on its way to London, a young woman genteely dressed, with a small parcel tied up in her handkerchief, hastily bolted from the shelter of a large tree near the road; and calling to the coachman to stop for a moment, asked him, if he could let her have a place? The man, although he well knew his vehicle was already sufficiently crouded, yet being desirous of appropriating this supernumerary fare to himself, replied, that he did not doubt but he...

        (pp. 45-118)

        The worthy merchant,” resumed miss Courteney, “whom I mentioned to you, had the goodness to come to Bath, upon the news of my mother’s extreme danger. He arrived time enough to receive her last intreaties, that he would continue his friendship to me. I was then entered into my twentieth year, and chose him for my guardian; he would have taken me with him to his house, but my promise being engaged to lady Manning, I was obliged to decline his obliging offer.

        “I sent her an account of my mother’s death; Mr. Damer, so was the merchant called, would...

    • Volume II

      • [Volume II Front Matter]
        (pp. 119-122)
        (pp. 123-166)

        Henrietta, being now left to her own reflections, beheld her late conduct in a light in which it had never appeared to her before; the sense of blame so justly incurred, filled her with remorse and shame. Hitherto she had industriously aggravated the cause of her fears, that she might not stand self-condemned; which to an ingenuous mind is of all others the greatest evil: but Mrs. Willis had stated her case too justly.

        What force could give her unwilling hand to the old baronet? How could she be cheated into a convent, when she was forewarned of the design?...

        (pp. 167-202)

        Mean time our fair heroine, having performed her little journey without any unfortunate accident, arrived late in the evening at the house of her friend Mrs. Willis, who, in her astonishment at her sudden return, asked her a hundred questions in a breath.

        Henrietta satisfied her eager curiosity with a succinct detail of all that had happened to her that day, which had indeed been a very busy one.

        The honest heart of Mrs. Willis was variously affected with the different parts of her story. She wept for her sufferings: she execrated the malicious miss Cordwain; she praised the countess;...

        (pp. 203-260)

        In the mean time, our fair travellers, having regulated their affairs in the best manner the extreme hurry they were in would admit, set out for Dover in miss Belmour’s coach. That young lady, still agitated with the violence of her resentment, which Henrietta took care should not abate, and elated with the hope of reducing her lover to despair, by thus leaving him, thought the horses went too slow for her impatience. She wished for wings to convey her at once far from him, and declared that she never desired to see him more; yet Henrietta observed that she...

  7. APPENDIX I Variants between the 1758 and 1761 Editions
    (pp. 261-278)
  8. APPENDIX II Corrections to the 1761 Edition for Clarity
    (pp. 279-280)
    (pp. 281-286)
    (pp. 287-290)