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Belinda

Maria Edgeworth

1. 01 - Characters
2. 02 - Masks
3. 03 - Lady Delacour's History (Part 1)
4. 04 - Lady Delacour's History (Part 2)
5. 05 - Lady Delacour's History Continued
6. 06 - Birthday dresses
7. 07 - Ways and Means
8. 08 - The Serpentine River
9. 09 - A Family Party
10. 10 - Advice
11. 11 - The Mysterious Boudoir
12. 12 - Difficulties
13. 13 - The Macaw
14. 14 - Sortes Virgilianae
15. 15 - The Exhibition (Part 1)
16. 16 - The Exhibition (Part 2)
17. 17 - Jealousy
18. 18 - Domestic Happiness
19. 19 - Rights of Woman
20. 20 - A Declaration
21. 21 - A Wedding
22. 22 - Reconciliation - part 1
23. 23 - Reconciliation - part 2
24. 24 - Helena
25. 25 - A Spectre
26. 26 - The Chaplain
27. 27 - Peu a peu
28. 28 - Love me, Love My Dog
29. 29 - Virginia (Part 1)
30. 30 - Virginia (Part 2)
31. 31 - Virginia (Part 3)
32. 32 - A Discovery (Part 1)
33. 33 - A Discovery (Part 2)
34. 34 - A Discovery (Part 3)
35. 35 - E.O, (Part 1)
36. 36 - E.O. (Part 2)
37. 37 - A Jew
38. 38 - News
39. 39 - Denoument

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Summary

When Belinda was published in 1801, it became both controversial and popular. Controversial because of the inter-racial marriage presented in the novel, and popular because it's a very good comedy of manners, like Evelina by Fanny Burney. Belinda, like Evelina, is a soft and loving girl of 17, is coming to London with her aunt who directs her action in order to make sure that she'll find a good match. But what will happen if Belinda will fall in love? Will Clarence Hervey, the man she loves, be able to marry her? It seems almost impossible, as he is secretly bringing up another woman to be a perfect wife to him and now, in all honor, he thinks he must marry her. These social novels about young women trying to find good husbands were admired by Jane Austen who referred to Belinda, among other novels, in her own novel Northanger Abbey: “'And what are you reading, Miss — ?' 'Oh! It is only a novel!' replies the young lady, while she lays down her book with affected indifference, or momentary shame. 'It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda'; or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best–chosen language."