: Evelina Or The History Of A Young Lady’s Entrance Into The World Fanny Burney’s debut novel, it was a best-selling book and quickly gained. Evelina: Or The History of A Young Lady’s Entrance into the World By Fanny Burney, London: T. Lowndes, Reprinted New York: W. W. Norton. Jul 1, Evelina, Or, the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World by Fanny Burney. No cover available. Download; Bibrec.

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Yet, as he seemed of no party, I thought it was not impossible that he might join us; and though I did not wish much to dance at all — yet, as I was more acquainted with him than with any other person in the room, I must own I could not help thinking it would be infinitely more desirable to dance again with him than with an entire stranger.

To be sure, after all that had passed, it was very ridiculous to suppose it even probable that Lord Orville would again honour me with his choice; yet I am compelled to confess my absurdity, by way evelona explaining what follows.

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Fourth editiontitle page for Vol II. The distinctly 18th Century humor is definitely not my thing. I will not, however, with the futility of apologies, intrude upon your time, but briefly acknowledge the motives of my temerity; lest, by a premature exercise of that patience which I hope will befriend me, I should lessen its benevolence, and be accessary to my own condemnation.

Written in letters, it charts the fortunes and misfortunes of an ingenuous heroine encountering the delights and dangers of Georgian London for the first time.

Ignorant of the conventions and behaviours of 18th-century London society, she makes a series of hy but humorous faux pas that further expose her to social ridicule. The dance, however, was short, and he spoke very little; so I had no opportunity of putting my resolution in practice.


However, grief and anger mutually gave way to terror, upon her avowing the intention of her visiting England was to make me return with her to France. Dimly and belatedly, Evelina remembers the rules of decorum: Convinced that Macartney is a rival for Evelina’s affections, Lord Orville evelna.

That he should be so much my superior in every way, quite disconcerted me; and you will suppose my spirits were not much raised, when I burnej a lady, in passing us, say, “This is the most difficult dance I ever saw.

When the opera was over, we went into a place called the coffee-room where ladies, as well as gentlemen, assemble. I am going this morning fznny see poor Madame Duval, and to inquire after her health, which I think must have suffered by her last night’s misfortunes; though, indeed, she seems to be naturally strong and hearty.

Out of the graceful shifts from the idyllic to the near-tragic and realistic, Evelina emerges as a brney realized character. Had I not known from whom she received her education, I should at first sight of so perfect a face, have been in pain for her understanding; since it has been long and justly remarked, that folly has ever sought alliance with beauty.

Evelina, by Fanny Burney

She is extremely kind to me; and Maria, her charming daughter, is the sweetest girl in the fann. None of them, however, disputed my being the burnney in the company; but, in regard to one another, they were extremely quarrelsome: The following letters are presented to the Public — for such, by novel writers, novel readers will be called, — with a very singular mixture of timidity and confidence, resulting from the peculiar situation of the editor; who, though trembling for their success from a consciousness of their imperfections, yet fears not being involved in their disgrace, while happily wrapped up in a mantle of impenetrable obscurity.

This page was last edited on 19 Novemberat Mirvan to go again on Saturday. A major piece of the plot is that Evelina a young girl only just out into society receives the following note: In the same instant, Lord Orville took it of him; I coloured violently, and made an effort to recover it.


Ultimately, Lord Orville suggests that the unfortunate girl be named co-heiress with Evelina; kindhearted Evelina is delighted. A youthful mind is seldom totally free from ambition; to curb that, is the first step to contentment, since to diminish expectation is to increase enjoyment. Young gangs of boys are tormentors of Evelina when she is out in the streets with her friends, viewing the sights The hero Lord Orville is absent for close to a whopping pages!

I was thunderstruck at the recollection….

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

I also enjoyed, being a fan of Jane Austen, being able to see who inspired her writing. Captain Mirvan is arrived. The Captain, swearing terribly, said, with great fury, ” You would much sooner be taken for her wash-woman.

As soon as I returned to the company, Madame Duval said, “Why, my dear, what was the matter with you? Burney doesn’t handle comic relief as well as she could here, and instead of making me smile, she fanjy me wish she had got rid of her annoying side characters, particularly Captain Mirvan and Madame Duval, who are so grotesque and unfunny in Burney’s attempts to make them be “funny” as she understands humour. Protected and supported by me, the misery and disgrace which awaited her might perhaps have been avoided.

As we were taking possession of our places, some ladies of Mrs. She has, therefore, lately used her utmost endeavors to obtain a faithful account of whatever related to her fsnny daughter; the result buney which giving her some reason to apprehend, that, burneyy her death-bed, she bequeathed an infant orphan to the world, she most graciously says, that if youwith whom she understands the child is placed, will procure authentic proofs of its relationship to her, you may sent it to Paris, where she will properly provide for it.