The American literature didn't get off to a fast start. I think they would have eventually learned to be happy in their marriage if Eliza could commit herself to one entirely. Will a lady of delicacy associate with an immoral, not to say profligate man? Eliza, while initially labled a coquette for showing attraction to more than one man, never acts coquettishly. She shows the limitations placed on women in the 18th century and the attempts of one woman to rebel against those limitations. Whenever I do submit to be shackled, it must be from a necessity of mending my fortune.
When, in her mid-30s, Wharton finds herself suddenly abandoned when both men marry other women, she willfully enters into an adulterous relationship with Sanford and becomes pregnant. I am young, gay, volatile. I am persuaded, however, that she has too much good sense to practice its arts. Stanford, after acting the exact same as Eliza does, gets treated like a lost soul, everyone hoped for his reform, whereas Eliza gets tossed aside and labelled as a broken woman. Each person has certain biases which taint their view of the world.
Madam, said he, far is the wish from me to restrain your person or mind. My heart did not approve of his sentiments, but my ear was charmed with his rhetoric, and my fancy captivated by his address. The novel is without physical description or sensuous reality; it takes place in a wholly abstract world of mere social forms, and not in a good way. We have not tried any yet, however. I immediately retired to write this letter, which I shall close without a single observation on the subject until I know your opinion.
I am too much engaged by the exhilerating scenes around, for attending to a subject which affords no variety. Richman's yesterday, while I was waiting for Eliza, who was much more cordially received by the general and his lady, than was your humble servant; but I lay that up. It tells the story, through letters, of a woman's fall from grace. As an agreeable companion, as a polite and finished gallant, Major Sanford is all that the most lively fancy could wish. I highly recommend The Coquette: or, The History of Eliza Wharton to those who love historical stories based on true life events.
Haly was a man of worth—a man of real and substantial merit. Yet he who can, under any circumstances, entreat the love of woman, and then take advantage of her weakness or her confidence, is an anomaly in nature, and should have a special, judiciary here and in heaven. He asked if my generous mind could submit to cares and perplexities like these; whether I could not find greater sources of enjoyment in a more elevated sphere of life, or share pleasures better suited to my genius and disposition, even in a single state? Thereafter, Hannah Foster returned to newspaper writing and devoted herself to encouraging young writers, and raising a large family. Followed, flattered, and caressed, I have cards and compliments in profusion. Shall I never see you more? The melancholy, the gloom, the condolence which surrounded me for a month after the death of Mr.
Every thing tends to facilitate the return of my accustomed vivacity. However, friends who know his true nature warn her against engagement with a man of his disposition. . Foster accomplishes her opinion through the meanings in the names, indecisiveness, and the tragic ending to it all. I think she fully justifies your partiality to her. They tell me, however, that she is naturally of a gay disposition.
But he is a rake, my dear friend; and can a lady of your delicacy and refinement think of forming a connection with a man of that character? Why does Foster feel it necessary to add such a strikingly morbid detail to an already gruesome and somber closure. I shall be the more interested, as I am likely to meet with difficulties; and it is the glory of a rake, as well as of a Christian, to combat obstacles. But she is besieged by a priest a likely lad though. My hands fidget, as I exhaust this cubic pen, That your love for me is no longer ten over ten. The general and his lady are her particular friends; they are warm in her praises. But more than all the world could else bestow, All pleasures that from fame or fortune flow, To fix secure in bliss thy future life, Heaven crowned thy blessings with a lovely wife-- Wise, gentle, good, with every grace combined That charms the sense or captivates the mind; Skilled every soft emotion to improve, The joy of friendship, and the wish of love; To soothe the heart which pale Misfortune's train Invades with grief or agonizing pain; To point through devious paths the narrow road That leads the soul to virtue or to God.
She instead wrote that Eliza's lack of choice in her own future made her bored with the idea of marriage, which got her into a strange man's bed and caused her death. Can time, can distance, can absence allay or extinguish the sentiments of refined affection, the ardor of true love? She spoke some harsh words to him and he claimed that he might be imprudent but he is not malignant. She told him of Mr. Foster's epistolary narrative allows for the development of multiple points of view and for a variety of readings. I know that to frustrate their designs of a connection between Mr. Perhaps some feminist theories might help to enhance our examination of Foster's intentions for Eliza Wharton and her role of limited power in The Coquette.