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Evelina; or, The History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the WorldOriginally published anonymously in 1778, Evelina is an epistolary novel--meaning it is told in first-person letters exchanged between characters--that details the story of a young, unknown woman's quest to be acknowledged by her father. Often thrust into uncomfortable situations, she acutely and satirically observes the social mores of the different worlds she inhabits, including the retired country life of her adoptive father, the crass mercantile life of her cousins, and the elite life of the lower aristocracy. She seeks to find a comfortable gentility in line both with her "true" identity and her moral code. Evelina was written by Frances Burney.https://collectionimages.npg.org.uk/large/mw00161/Fanny-Burney.jpgNational Portrait Gallery, UK.Frances d’Arblay (‘Fanny Burney’), by Edward Francisco Burney. Oil on canvas, c.1784-1785. https://collectionimages.npg.org.uk/std/mw00161/Fanny-Burney.jpgtitle#777777
1Letter 1LADY HOWARD TO THE REV. MR. VILLARSLady Howard writes to Evelina's guardian about having received a snooping letter from Madame Duval. She asks that Evelina beware, and that she visit soon. https://www.google.com/ <a href="https://www.google.com/">link</a>https://www.google.com/maps/place/Kent,+UK/@51.1948932,0.1811702,9z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x47d8a815e2b18297:0x9251e76476201559!8m2!3d51.2787075!4d0.5217254Google MapsKent, UKLady Howard
2Letter 2MR. VILLARS TO LADY HOWARD"Thus it has happened, that the education of the father, daughter, and grand-daughter, has devolved on me."https://www.google.com/maps/place/Dorset,+UK/@50.7965608,-2.8820412,9z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x486d80aaedabf177:0x33a1f481bada6d5f!8m2!3d50.7487635!4d-2.3444786Google MapsDorsetshire, UKVillars#333333
338Letter 3LADY HOWARD TO THE REV. MR. VILLARS"Do not start at this proposal; it is time that she should see something of the world. When young people are too rigidly sequestered from it, their lively and romantic imaginations paint it to them as a paradise of which they have been beguiled; but when they are shown it properly, and in due time, they see it such as it really is, equally shared by pain and pleasure, hope and disappointment."https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/82/ThomasBowlesLeicesterSquare1753.jpgWikimedia CommonsView of Leicester Square, London, by Thomas BowlesLady Howard
4312Letter 4MR. VILLARS TO LADY HOWARD"You must not, Madam, expect too much from my pupil; she is quite a little rustic, and knows nothing of the world; and though her education has been the best I could bestow in this retired place, to which Dorchester, the nearest town, is seven miles distant..."https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/69/15/39/691539b3e30e858f3bb653514f4a001c.jpg"Rural Life", 1783; LWL 783.02.24.03 lwlpr05138"Rural Life" (1783), from the Lewis Walpole LibraryVillars
5318Letter 5MR. VILLARS TO LADY HOWARD"THIS letter will be delivered to you by my child – the child of my adoption – my affection!"https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/a3/d2/98/a3d298c45ca1da7840706048f3807fae.jpgPortrait of a father with his daughter by Sigmund Barth (1765)Portrait of a father with his daughter by Sigmund Barth (1765)Villars
6Letter 6LADY HOWARD TO THE REV. MR. VILLARS"Her face and person answer my most refined ideas of complete beauty: and this, though a subject of praise less important to you, or, to me than any other, is yet so striking, it is not possible to pass it unnoticed. 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."https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/c2/9f/b8/c29fb8a57a36c81c525c8ebe6c0d7919.jpghttp://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/lot.119.html/2015/dillee-dynastie-experts-collectionneurs-pf1541 Portrait de Jeune Fille Tenant un Éventail (nd)Lady Howard#cccccc
7326Letter 7LADY HOWARD TO THE REV. MR. VILLARSLady Howard asks Villars if Evelina can accompany Mrs. Mirvan and her daughter Maria to London. In the eighteenth century, London was a sprawling metropolis and the seat of urban leisured life. "Do not think us unreasonable, but consider the many inducements which conspire to make London the happiest place at present she can be in.... However, I will not, my good Sir, deceive you into an opinion that they intend to live in a retired manner, as that cannot be fairly expected."http://www.britishmuseum.org/collectionimages/AN00594/AN00594868_001_l.jpgBritish Museum, UKBird's eye view of London; the Tower on the right, old London Bridge in the centre with the Monument to its right, St Paul's beyond, Westminster Abbey in the distance at the left. 1751 Etching and engravingLady Howard
8326Letter 8EVELINA TO THE REV. MR. VILLARS"They tell me that London is now in full splendour. Two playhouses are open, – the Opera-house, – Ranelagh, – and the Pantheon. – You see I have learned all their names. However, pray don't suppose that I make any point of going, for I shall hardly sigh, to see them depart without me, though I shall probably never meet with such another opportunity. And, indeed, their domestic happiness will be so great, – it is natural to wish to partake of it.... Adieu, my most honoured, most reverenced, most beloved father! for by what other name can I call you? I have no happiness or sorrow, no hope or fear, but what your kindness bestows, or your displeasure may cause. You will not, I am sure, send a refusal without reasons unanswerable, and therefore I shall cheerfully acquiesce. Yet I hope – I hope you will be able to permit me to go!"Evelina #eead0e
9328Letter 9MR. VILLARS TO EVELINA"Your impatience to fly to a place which your imagination has painted to you in colors so attractive, surprises me not; I have only to hope, that the liveliness of your fancy may not deceive you: to refuse, would be raising it still higher. To see my Evelina happy, is to see myself without a wish: go, then my child; and may that Heaven, which alone can direct, preserve and strengthen you! To that, my love, will I daily offer prayers for your felicity. O may it guard, watch over you, defend you from danger, save you from distress, and keep vice as distant from your person as from your heart!"Villars
10EVELINA TO THE REV. MR. VILLARSEvelina's letter is composed in multiple parts, each dated. First, she describes going to the playhouse and seeing Garrick perform at Drury Lane. Then she describes going to church and walking in St. James Park; finally, she and the Mirvans go "a-shopping" in preparation for a fashionable private ball hosted by Mrs. Stanley. Evelina's letter is composed in multiple parts, each dated. First, she describes going to the playhouse and seeing Garrick perform at Drury Lane. Then she describes going to church and walking in St. James Park; finally, she and the Mirvans go "a-shopping" in preparation for a fashionable private ball hosted by Mrs. Stanley. British Museum, UKllustration to Bell's British Theatre; David Garrick and Frances Abington in Hoadly's 'The Suspicious Husband'; full length, both standing, turned wawy from each other; Garrick is dressed as a fine gentleman wth breeches, waistcoat, and coat, and a powdered wig.Evelina#eead0e