THE COQUETTE; OR, THE HISTORY OF ELIZA WHARTON; A NOVEL; FOUNDED ON FACT. By a LADY of MASSACHUSETTS. [Hannah Webster Foster]. The Coquette (Early American Women Writers) and millions of other books are .. Hannah Webster Foster’s novel The Coquette is an excellent example of. The Coquette, or, The History of Eliza Wharton by Hannah Webster Foster. No cover available. Download; Bibrec.

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The novel is rather an eloquent, if none too complex, statement of civic republicanism, an instance of eighteenth-century American neoclassicism, which is not inimical to an idealist and elite model of proto-feminism, but is hardly revolutionary, even by the standards of its own day: The Coquette tells the much-publicized story of the seduction and death of Elizabeth Whitman, a poet from Hartford, Connecticut. THESE bewitching charms of mine have a tendency to keep my mind in a state of perturbation.

If, therefore, my past conduct has been repugnant to her notions of propriety, why does she not act consistently, and refuse at once to associate with a man whose character she cannot esteem? An unusual sensation possesses my breast—a sensation which I once thought could never pervade it on any occasion whatever.

It’s also likely that Cpquette Foster was upset at this idiotic double standard. Habituated to an intercourse with the baser part of the sex, they level the whole, and seldom believe any to be incorruptible. There are duties arising from the station, which I fear I should not be able to fulfil; cares and restraints to which I could not submit.

Calm, placid, and serene; thoughtful of my duty, and benevolent to all around me, I wish for no other connection than that of friendship. This must have scared the bejeesus out of girls in this time coquehte.

The Coquette, or, The History of Eliza Wharton by Hannah Webster Foster

Articles with LibriVox links. The Coquette received a revival of critical websted during the late twentieth century. During tea, the conversation turned on literary subjects, in which I cannot say that the Major bore a very distinguished part.

Far, madam, be it from me to censure any conduct, which as yet I have observed in Miss Wharton; she has coqjette great an interest in my heart to admit of that. They have urged my hannzh of invitations to join parties, though they have not been much themselves, of late; as Mrs. I told him that I was under no obligation to give him any account of my disposition towards another; and that he must remember the terms of our present association, to which he had subscribed.


But let the veil of charity be drawn over my faults; let the eye of candor impartially examine my present behavior; voquette the kind and lenient hand of friendship assist in directing my future steps; and, perhaps, I may not prove unworthy of associating with the respectable inhabitants of this happy mansion; for such I am sure it must be, while honored with Miss Wharton’s presence.

They are warm in her praises. She replied that I had wrong ideas of freedom, and matrimony; but she hoped that Mr. I went, and succeeded to the utmost of my wishes, as I read in the vexation, visible in the one; and the ease and attention displayed by the other. I answer, no; provided you will exercise it yourself: Twenty one couple went, I am thd.

Specifically, she is unable to settle down with Rev. I was really happy in the reception of this proof of his affection. Whitman was fond of reading romance novels, so the narrative became that her love of books resulted in her having sex which resulted in her death. I expect soon to settle among a generous and enlightened people, where I flatter myself I shall be exempt from those difficulties, and embarrassments, to which too many of my brethren are subject.

But to the disgrace of humanity and virtue, the assassin of honor; the wretch, who breaks the peace of families, who robs virgin innocence of its charms, who triumphs over the ill placed confidence of the inexperienced, unsuspecting, and too credulous fair, is received, and caressed, not only by his own sex, to which he is a reproach, but even by ours, who have goster conceivable reason to despise and avoid him.

I confess it, nor am I ashamed to rank myself among the professed admirers of this lovely fair one. Nothing material occurred before, and during dinner; soon gannah which, Mr.

I promised a compliance with their wishes; and have accomplished the task, though a hard one I found it. Laurence’s, a gentleman of fortune and fashion, in this vicinity. I was not aware, said Mrs.

I was surprised, on my entrance, to find Mr. TIME, which effaces every occasional impression, I find gradually dispelling the pleasing pensiveness, which the melancholy event, the subject of my last, had diffused weebster my mind.

When we had parted with Miss Laurence, Major Sanford insisted on my riding a little farther; saying, he must converse with me on a particular subject; and if I refused him this opportunity, that he must visit me, at my residence, let it offend whom it would.

If it be oppressed and disturbed, shall we not endure our proportion of the evil? I shall be extremely anxious to hear the process and progress of this business. Both nature and education had instilled into my mind an implicit obedience fostee the will and desires of my parents. When we were summoned to dinner, a young gentleman in a clerical dress offered his hand, and led me to coauette table furnished with an elegant, and sumptuous repast, with more gallantry, and address than commonly fall to the share of students.


With persons of refinement and information, it may be a source of entertainment and utility. The fineness of the day induced me to protract the enjoyment of it abroad; but Miss Laurence declined riding so far as I proposed, as she had engaged company to dine.

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Boyer informed me that he should set out to morrow morning, for his future residence, and soon put on the sacred bands. I went immediately in a good symptom, you will say and received him graciously. I hope the one with whom I am conversing, has no inclination to so hazardous, an experiment.

At present the most lively emotions of my heart are those of friendship; websher friendship which I hope you will soon participate with your faithful. Pray write me impartially; let me know your real sentiments, for I rely greatly upon your opinion.

The Coquette by Hannah Webster Foster

General Richman and lady have ever appeared solicitous to promote my happiness since I have resided with them. Sanford’s charm and rebellious attitude attract Eliza.

Whenever I do submit thr be shackled, it must be from a necessity of mending my fortune. You intimate that my company is not agreeable to them: That, you will say, is out of character. She speaks so very openly about her feelings, when it was at this time, women were allowed to have such feelings and be more willing to express them out loud.

I shall be the more interested, as I am likely to meet with difficulties; coquetfe it is the glory of a rake, as well as a Christian to combat obstacles. Reading letters addressed to others has a feeling akin to eavesdropping; hannau exposes thoughts otherwise not publicly known. It was just an ok read for me, but I can appreciate its skilled use of the epistolary form and the ways it depicts the gender expectations of its time.

Selby relays to Rev.