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The Female Quixote [PDF / Epub] ★ The Female Quixote By Charlotte Lennox – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk The Female Quixote, a vivacious and ironical novel parodying the style of Cervantes, portrays Arabella, the beautiful daughter of a marquis, whose passion for reading romances colors her approach to h The Female Quixote, a vivacious and ironical novel parodying the style of Cervantes, portrays Arabella, the beautiful daughter of a marquis, whose passion for reading romances colors her approach to her own life and causes many comical and melodramatic misunderstandings among her relatives and admirers Both Joseph Fielding and Samuel Johnson greatly admired Lennox, and this The Female MOBI :å novel established her as one of the most successful practitioners of the Novel of Sentiment.

  • Paperback
  • 464 pages
  • The Female Quixote
  • Charlotte Lennox
  • English
  • 10 March 2018
  • 0192835726

About the Author: Charlotte Lennox

Charlotte Ramsay Lennox born c was a British author and poet of the th century She is most famous now as the author of The Female Quixote and for her association with Samuel Johnson, Joshua Reynolds, and Samuel Richardson, but she had a long career and wrote poetry, prose, and drama.



10 thoughts on “The Female Quixote

  1. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    The beautiful, delectable, bright Arabella 17, has it all , a fabulously wealthy nobleman father, once a prominent man in the king s court, the nameless Marquis, having fled London , now living in a remote castle in rural eighteenth century England The daughter s servants take care of every need or whim she requires, the motherless girl lacks a woman s guidance however, and the indulgent busy father a widower lets the lonely, neglected , bored Arabella read too much, her late mother s books The beautiful, delectable, bright Arabella 17, has it all , a fabulously wealthy nobleman father, once a prominent man in the king s court, the nameless Marquis, having fled London , now living in a remote castle in rural eighteenth century England The daughter s servants take care of every need or whim she requires, the motherless girl lacks a woman s guidance however, and the indulgent busy father a widower lets the lonely, neglected , bored Arabella read too much, her late mother s books a very bad habit indeed.Worst still she only reads French Romance novels from the 1600 s the kind the heroines are saved just in the nick of time by the heroes from ravishers her favorite word The problem, she believes they are factualHer idiosyncrasies cause big trouble, anything can set her imagination off , men on horses and she jumps into a roaring river trying to escape supposed ravishers, almost perishing in the process, astounding the women companions, her gardener Edward could be a man of quality in disguise, but an abductor too, so terrified, the lady promptly runs away Arabella thinks and acts like a woman in the silly books, perceives insults from people when none is intended, the public begins to notice this rather peculiar manner When her father dies his brother Sir Charles Glanville takes charge of the young gullible lady , acquiring a guardian, the uncle is understandably concerned, is the niece insane What about the family s plan to marry Arabella to his son, the late Marquis wanted this, he recognized his nephew s good character, back then first cousins married often, with some health issues, ask European royals Sir Charles brings his son Charles Jr and daughter, the jealous insecure Charlotte on a long visit to his deceased brother s castle where the strange behavior of the niece keeps everything in turmoil, no surprisePoor Charles Jr the lovesick man cannot comprehend his cousin s actions, despair will take him to bed, not feeling well Maybe a trip to the most famous resort in England will change the tense atmosphere, elegant Bath, the waters they say heals the ill but will it cure the brain More embarrassing situations occur there caused by you know who, word spread quickly, among the upper classes, even Lucy the rich girl s servant and confidant seems nervous A funny satire for some and an excruciating pain for others, depends on your mood This a pale imitation written in 1752, of the great original , quite possibly the most amusing book ever writtenDon Quixote

  2. Jan-Maat Jan-Maat says:

    The concept of a woman driven as crazy as Don Quixote by her reading of overwrought eighteenth century romances was I thought an amusing one, but didn t make for a great book Possibly the execution was difficult because of the relatively restricted sphere of movement that her heroine has in 18th century England I felt that Jane Austen achieved a better result in Northanger Abbey in which her heroine interprets everything she hears in the light of the gothic fantasties that she is always readin The concept of a woman driven as crazy as Don Quixote by her reading of overwrought eighteenth century romances was I thought an amusing one, but didn t make for a great book Possibly the execution was difficult because of the relatively restricted sphere of movement that her heroine has in 18th century England I felt that Jane Austen achieved a better result in Northanger Abbey in which her heroine interprets everything she hears in the light of the gothic fantasties that she is always reading.So Lennox focuses attention back on the Quixote Such a simple, brilliant idea, yet how hard to execute asthan a one joke story, yet on the other hand theyou do than that the closer you get to Cervantes What Lennox achieves is a translation of the earlier book into an eighteenth century British context what would be crazy and contemporary in the era of the four Georges a woman who treats Pamela or Clarissa type stories with comical earnestness From all this it is hard not to feel that Cervantes creation is the greatest book in European literary history view spoiler or perhaps I too am crazy view spoiler which I am of course, but normally just everyday crazy not especially crazy hide spoiler hide spoiler because this type of writing requires from the author both a loving appreciation of literature and a willingness to explode it from the inside, an openness to its seductive power and an intimate knowledge of its feet of clay

  3. Mieneke Mieneke says:

    Let me be honest The Female Quixote was a huge struggle to get through Only the fact that I d decided that I was going to finish this book and review it, kept me from putting it away Frustratingly, this wasn t because the story as such was bad or the writing was shoddy, it was because Lennox s protagonist Arabella does what she is meant to do too well.Arabella is completely obsessed with French Romances She s an eighteenth century Twihard, only sans vampires This becomes problematic when sh Let me be honest The Female Quixote was a huge struggle to get through Only the fact that I d decided that I was going to finish this book and review it, kept me from putting it away Frustratingly, this wasn t because the story as such was bad or the writing was shoddy, it was because Lennox s protagonist Arabella does what she is meant to do too well.Arabella is completely obsessed with French Romances She s an eighteenth century Twihard, only sans vampires This becomes problematic when she decides this is how the world should work and leads her life accordingly Naturally, the world doesn t work like this and when Arabella s father dies, her life becomes complicated, as her perceptions of life and the real world start to clash Arabella s voice is distinct and unique and was problematic for me Lennox let her speak in the language of romance and that means long, convoluted sentences, which sometimes require several rereads to make sense The following is a good example of Arabella s speech When I shall be so fortunate, interrupted she, to meet with a Lover who shall have as pure and perfect a Passion for me, as Oroondates had for Statira and give me as many glorious Proofs of his Constancy and Affection, doubtless I shall not be ungrateful But since I have not the Merits of Statira, I ought not to pretend to her good Fortune and shall be very well contented if I escape the Persecutions which Persons of my Sex, who are not frightfully ugly, are always exposed to, without hoping to inspire such a Passion as that of Oroondates p 48 Arabella speaks as if she should write on pink paper with purple ink and dot her i s with hearts Luckily, only Arabella and occasionally Sir George, he of dishonourable intent, use this mode of speech The other characters speak farplainly The difference in voice between Glanville and Arabella is distinct and serves to emphasize Arabella s silliness Arabella s strange notions are almost as exasperating to me, as the reader, as they are to her suitor Glanville.However, while exasperating, Arabella s eccentricity does serve to make Lennox s point As stated in the introduction and the appendix to the book, The Female Quixote was meant to be an indictment of the romances and the nefarious influence they could have on young minds and, through Lennox s portrayal of Arabella, as such it succeeds Arabella s conversion comes about abruptly and the final book feels very rushed the reasons for this are explored in the appendix, so I won t go into them here, other than to say that while as a denouement it may have been a little underwhelming, at that point in the narrative I was just glad to get it over with Another factor that made the reading experienced a mixed one for me, was the editor s decision to retain the original capitalisation and interpunction The use of capitals for almost every proper noun is distracting, as is the italicisation of all names Adding to the confusion was the lack of quotation marks in dialogues, which at times made it difficult to keep straight who was speaking and what was part of the speech and what was meant as description of the speaker While I can understand the desire to stay close to the original text, especially for academic purposes, for the casual reader such as myself, it would have been preferable if at least the capitalisation and quotation marks had been modernised.The question then remains why this book should be read today I can think of several reasons One, it has a place in English literary history, if only for its connection to both Dr Johnson and Samuel Richardson Two, whatever the book s flaws, Charlotte Lennox was a skilled writer, who wrote her story with great flair and thorough knowledge of her subject matter and deserves to be read Three, despite everything, Arabella remains a sympathetic character and if you look beyond the absurdity of her notions, her situation shows the unequal position women occupied in the eigtheenth century This last point is further explored in Margaret Anne Doody s introduction to the book Apart from giving some insight into Charlotte Lennox s history, Doody touches on several feminist themes in the book.So, if this book deserves to be read in my opinion, who would I recommend it too Honestly, only to those who wouldn t read it casually It s not a book read purely for pleasure by a chance passerby It ssuited to those who would read it for research or someone very familiar with the literature of the times I am neither of these any and because of that, this book, while technically sound, just didn t work for me and turned in to a really tough read

  4. MJ Nicholls MJ Nicholls says:

    Read up to p.150 Quixotesque this is not.

  5. Maddie Maddie says:

    I ve never been so annoyed with a main character before.

  6. Whitney Whitney says:

    It is baffling to think that a young heiress of ANY century would spend her formative years reading romance novels and believing that the events and characters therein were FACTUAL.This book is difficult Funny events and misunderstandings do happen, but readers must sift through the flowery language to reach understanding.We go through 400 pages of our protagonist Lady Arabella acting like a fathead, and finally, in the next to last chapter, after she nearly drowns herself in a fatheaded panic, It is baffling to think that a young heiress of ANY century would spend her formative years reading romance novels and believing that the events and characters therein were FACTUAL.This book is difficult Funny events and misunderstandings do happen, but readers must sift through the flowery language to reach understanding.We go through 400 pages of our protagonist Lady Arabella acting like a fathead, and finally, in the next to last chapter, after she nearly drowns herself in a fatheaded panic, a clergyman visits her and mansplains that just because a French author writes a book, it doesn t mean he knows what went down between Amalazontha and Cleilia two thousand years ago And by the way, those dames never existed.So basically this book is a 400 page lesson to Always Cite Your Sources Regarding Arabella herself, aside from being reeallly annoying, she s hilarious She believes that she MUST behave like a romance heroine She single mindedly follows the fictitious examples.Rule number 1 If a lady is alone with a man, he cannot prevent himself from falling in love with her He will react in three potential ways He may 1 declare his love 2 hide his love forever, because declaring his love is a Crime, and will forever shame the lady, or 3 he will kidnap the lady in preparations to Ravish her.Rule number 2 If a lady receives a love declaration from a man, she may react in three potential ways She may 1 banish him from the country 2 wait for him to apologize, where she will forgive him and declare that she does not hate him or 3 optional she ll tell him he does not have to kill himself, because he probably will try something drastic to correct his horrible Crime of love declaration.Rule number 3 If a lady is kidnapped by a man, she has 2 options She must either 1 faint for the duration of kidnapping, or 2 burn down the man s castle and jump into the nearest body of water.Passing observations on polite female behavior1 If you go anywhere on a horse, make sure to be galloping2 If you want to give instructions to someone, but you do not wish to speak, do so by Signs by your own invention, i.e make a sign for him to be gone Move your hands around and assume that everyone will understand, because it was what everyone did two thousand years ago 3 You can get away with all kinds of stupid shit if you re pretty enough

  7. DC DC says:

    Hah, what a lovely little book this is What a lovely, deliciously ridiculous book this is Seriously, it s a romp.From the title itself, you can discern that it involves some kind of delusional mis adventurer Quite right, as the story revolves around the life story of the Lady Arabella, who is as beautiful as she is intelligent, graceful and kind hearted It is a pity that, with all her admirable traits, she is possessed with a mind too swayed by the romances stocked in her library.In this boo Hah, what a lovely little book this is What a lovely, deliciously ridiculous book this is Seriously, it s a romp.From the title itself, you can discern that it involves some kind of delusional mis adventurer Quite right, as the story revolves around the life story of the Lady Arabella, who is as beautiful as she is intelligent, graceful and kind hearted It is a pity that, with all her admirable traits, she is possessed with a mind too swayed by the romances stocked in her library.In this book, you will see the beautiful lady think that each man she meets has an intention to carry her away, while each woman she beholds has a sob story about a passionate lover or two She is almost too silly in thinking that the world is still full of the antiquated notions of unregulated passions and murderous violence, but still she is much charming in her pleasant speeches and very elegant grace.It was somewhat pleasant to hear of her tales, but it was rather sad to see how such an accomplished lady could have such notions of love I felt quite sorry for her zealous lover for keeping his stead I laughed with much zest at the story of a man who, wanting to woo the lady by his mastery of the romantic stories of then, saw that his plans backfired on him I was rather glad at seeing that there were some understanding personalities who tried to help Arabella see reason The Countess is just so lovely My only complaint The climax was very near the end, and the ending seemed rather rushed While I was happy about how it ended, I felt that it would have been nice to see all the rich niceties there.Delightful, humorous, and with such engaging story telling A very happy read for me D Notes Randomly picked Arabella s just so oblivious and unconscious, it s simply delicious reading of her adventures SRSLY

  8. Laura Laura says:

    Free download available at eBooks Adelaide.PrefaceTo the Right Honourable the Earl of MiddlesexMy Lord,Such is the Power of Interest over almost every Mind, that no one is long without Arguments to prove any Position which is ardently wished to be true, or to justify any Measures which are dictated by Inclination.Not so good as expected Free download available at eBooks Adelaide.PrefaceTo the Right Honourable the Earl of MiddlesexMy Lord,Such is the Power of Interest over almost every Mind, that no one is long without Arguments to prove any Position which is ardently wished to be true, or to justify any Measures which are dictated by Inclination.Not so good as expected

  9. Joseph Joseph says:

    It is a comedy and a parody of romance novels but also shows the power of fantasy and imagination in human relations This I think is thepotent of the books purposes because the way Arabella reacts to life is not a caricature it is entirely possible that a person can build such defenses in order to survive There are scenes of pure comedy like when she believes that the newly hired, handsome young gardener is some nobleman who has infiltrated her estate in order to be closer to her When It is a comedy and a parody of romance novels but also shows the power of fantasy and imagination in human relations This I think is thepotent of the books purposes because the way Arabella reacts to life is not a caricature it is entirely possible that a person can build such defenses in order to survive There are scenes of pure comedy like when she believes that the newly hired, handsome young gardener is some nobleman who has infiltrated her estate in order to be closer to her When the head gardener catches him trying to steal cod out of the fish pond, she refuses to believe it and thinks he was trying to drown himself over his love for her But Mr Woodbind, Madam, said Lucy, saw the Carp in his Hand I wonder what he was going to do with them Still, resumed Arabella, extremely chagrined, still will you wound my Ears with that horrid Sound I tell you, obstinate and foolish Wench, that this unhappy Man went thither to die and if he really caught the Fish, it was to conceal his Design from Woodbind His great Mind could not suggest to him, that it was possible he might be suspected of a Baseness like that this ignorant Fellow accused him of therefore he took no Care about it, being wholly possessed by his despairing Thoughts There is something desperate and profound to Arabella s terror of love and intimacy Lennox reminds us that Arabella is normal in all other aspects of human relationships and manners, so she is not depicted as insane or a caricature She has closed herself off from intimacy and love by using her knowledge of romance novels She sets impossible standards for any potential lover and retains strict control of any potentially intimate situation This is not unlike any multitude of emotional problems human beings experience, resulting in problems with expressing themselves or being able to feel loved or a part of something It is loneliness And Arabella was brought up alone by her father in a remote castle I wonder why Lennox isn t mentioned in the same breath with the other 18th c English novelists, namely Fielding and Richardson I think she is their equal at the least I like her better This novel, like Don Quixote, is a great comedy as well as being an intricate depiction of fantasy, escapism and other forms of psychological reactions

  10. Monty Milne Monty Milne says:

    This book is one joke stretched too thin The heroine can never be a Quixote because she is almost entirely passive imprisoned by gender and social status as much as Rapunzel in her tower The joke that she takes seriously the trashy French cod medieval romances fashionable at the time wears increasingly thin with every boring repetition of the absurdities of her favourite fictional characters The book isn t all bad It s of some interest in the history of the development of the novel No This book is one joke stretched too thin The heroine can never be a Quixote because she is almost entirely passive imprisoned by gender and social status as much as Rapunzel in her tower The joke that she takes seriously the trashy French cod medieval romances fashionable at the time wears increasingly thin with every boring repetition of the absurdities of her favourite fictional characters The book isn t all bad It s of some interest in the history of the development of the novel Northanger Abbey was influenced by it and some of it is intermittently amusing The heroine remains likeable as well as annoying perhaps because of her total absence of Schadenfreude The hero is a decent fellow although at times I wished he would be a bitproactive in shaking the heroine out of her ridiculousness it s quite clever the way she won t let him get a word in edgeways in some amusing but exasperating passages of crossed wires and miscommunication But really the flaws are too many Near the end we are introduced to an unnamed Countess who seems to promise a feisty character who will pull the heroine out of her absurdity Alas, she does no such thing, but drops out of the narrative to be replaced by a dull as ditchwater clergyman who is the one who finally succeeds in showing our heroine the error of her ways in a wholly unconvincing penultimate chapter This is finished off by the inevitable marriage of hero and heroine at the end which of course we knew was coming 400 pages previously The journey to get there is not really worth the effort and they are first cousins I can t be the only reader left a bit cold by such semi incestuous relationships

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