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Belinda

Maria Edgeworth

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." (Summary by Stav Nisser)

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." (Summary by Stav Nisser)
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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." (Summary by Stav Nisser)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

18h 44m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

29:32


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

47:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

27:58


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

33:46


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

49:29


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

32:46


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

28:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

20:52


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

26:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

35:50


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

25:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

39:18


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

00:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

28:46


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

28:47


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

00:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

32:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

29:30


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

23:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

30:52


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

35:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

29:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

27:38


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

34:31


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

32:44


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

20:38


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

44:18


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

48:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

18:26


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

21:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

27:17


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

26:47


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

25:07


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

16:53


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

24:51


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

24:13


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

28:42


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

27:04


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

39:02