By this point, Fantomina claims she is in love with Beauplaisir, and would do anything to engage in intercourse with him again. Fantomina makes excuses to her. Love as sentiment and love as a sexual response are two sides of the same coin. Both are intertwined in Eliza Haywood complex relationship. Eliza Haywood begins this turbulent tale with a charming first sentence: “Nothing is so generally coveted by Womankind, as to be accounted Beautiful; yet.

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The story is written about a woman in ways that were unimaginable in the eighteenth century. Alas, this short-story comes full-fledged with Romance tropes and archetypes: The protagonist’s third disguise, Mrs.

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Soon, Beauplaisir gets lovw of Celia, and leaves. Apr 23, Pamela added it. All that I desire is Secrecy in what you are intrusted, and to disguise yourselves in such a Manner as you cannot be known, if hereafter seen by the Person on whom you are to impose.

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Fantomina; or, Love in a Maze by Eliza Fowler Haywood

This, indeed, must be said of Beauplaisirthat he had a [Page ] greater Share of good Nature than most of his Sex, who, for the most part, when they are weary of an Intreague, break it entirely off, without any Regard to the Despair of the abandon’d Nymph. This site uses cookies. Fantomina also draws from the culture of the political pornography of the seventeenth century, which unflatteringly portrayed London commoners as the source of democratic unrest and protest.

Never did any look like you, — write like you, — bless like you; — nor did ever Man adore as I do. But she suffer’d not these Cogitations to be of any long Continuance: And while her desires have to be publicly subdued throughout the story, she is the one orchestrating their sexual encounters. Evelina a novel by Frances Burney explores the obstacles a girl has to overcome in the upper class society of England.

Jan 26, Bea rated it it was ok. Love in a Maze”. But not being of a Humour to grudge any Thing for his Pleasures, he gave himself no further Trouble, than what were occasioned by Fears of not having Money enough to reach her Price, about him.

The Truth by one of you shall be reveal’d. And ’tis difficult to determine, if Beauplaisiror the Lady, were most surpris’d at what they heard; he, that he should have been blinded so often by her Artifices; or she, that so young a Creature should have the Skill to make use of them.


He leaves Bath after about fantomian month, tired of Celia. She found the Consequences of her amorous Follies would be, without almost a Miracle, impossible to be concealed: That which I require of you, resumed she, has nothing in it criminal: It’s only saving grace is that it’s written interestingly which keeps it from being a complete nightmare to read. Nov 29, Mina Soare rated it liked it Recommended to Mina by: No Italian Bravoemploy’d in a Business of the like Nature, perform’d his Office with more Artifice; and the impatient Enquirer was convinc’d that nothing but doing as he was desir’d, could give him any Light into the Character of the Woman who declar’d so violent a Passion for him; and little fearing any Consequence which could ensue from such an Encounter, resolv’d oor rest satisfy’d till he was inform’d of every Thing from herself, not imagining this Incognita varied so much from the Generality of her Sex, as to be able to refuse the Knowledge of any Thing to the Man she lov’d with that Transcendency of Passion she profess’d, and which his many Successes with the Ladies gave him Encouragement enough to believe.

The show follows faithfully the encounters of Fantomina and Beauplaisir as described in the original novella, although the story is presented by a cast of nuns living at the monastery when Fantomina has been since ,aze end of the novella.

Fantomina; or, Love in a Maze

Though to tell me I am happy enough to be lik’d by a Woman, such, as by your Manner of Writing, I imagine you to be, is an Honour which I can never sufficiently acknowledge, yet I know not how I am able to content myself with admiring the Wonders of your Wit alone: He coerces her into having sex with him, not listening to her protestations, fantominq not understanding why she’s upset about it later. Haywood brings an incredibly fresh perspective of what goes on within a woman’s head and the roles of the genders in fantominq to sexuality in the 18th century!

When your man starts to loose interest, create various disguises and start seducing him as other people. She came, but came in the Dark; which being no more than he expected by the former Part of her Proceedings, he said nothing of; but as much Satisfaction as he found in her Embraces, nothing ever long’d for the Approach of Day with more Impatience than he did.

And what better way to get a better understanding than to go incognito as a lady of the evening, she names Fantomina: She had no sooner satisfy’d her weeping Mother, than that sorrowful Lady sent Messengers at the same Time, for a Midwife, and for that Gentleman who had occasion’d the other’s being wanted.


This character was cut short because the mother of all the well thought out characters returned home. Creating something that can be enjoyed and appreciated by anyone who can read.

Beauplaisir keeps up each of these affairs, never realizing they are the same woman. T HIS Proceeding, though it did fantokina take from him the Opinion that she was what she appeared to be, yet it gave him Thoughts of her, which he had not before. It’s about two terrible people being terrible to eachother, this would be fine if they were actually interesting characters If you want fantomna book in summary, just listen to that.

Bloomer a recent widow. She gave a solemn Promise to be in the same Box on the Morrow Evening; and they took Leave of each other; he to the Tavern to drown the Remembrance of his Disappointment; she in a Hackney-Chair hurry’d home to indulge Contemplation on the Frolick she had taken, designing nothing less on her first Reflections, than to keep the Promise she had made him, and hugging herself with Joy, that she had the good Luck to come off undiscover’d. In order to follow her new lust interest she creates a new persona: I would, therefore, have you order it so, that he fantomlna think I am but just gone out, if he should happen by any Accident to call when I am not here; for I would not, for the World, have him imagine I do not constantly lodge here.

She writes there is nothing she will refuse him, except the sight of her face. H E had fanto,ina come to the Conclusion, before i ask’d the Person who brought it, from what Place he came; — the Name of the Lady he serv’d; — [Page ] if she were a Wife, or Widow, and several other Questions directly opposite to the Directions of the Letter; but Silence would have avail’d him as much as did all those Testimonies of Curiosity: She wrote and published over seventy works during her lifetime including fiction, drama, translations, poetry, conduct literature and periodicals.

But I did really like reading about all of the “women” and their interactions with the man.