Little is definitively known about Charlotte Lennox (1730?-1804) before the publication of her novels and poetry other than she was probably born in Gibraltar to the English captain-lieutenant, James Ramsay, and moved to New York when she was ten. It is thought that she spent much of her childhood reading romance novels as a solution to the boredom of living at small frontier outposts. She was particularly drawn to Miguel de Cervantes' "Don Quixote", and in 1752 she published "The Female Quixote, Or, The Adventures of Arabella" to enthusiastic reception. The work is part imitation and part commentary on the original, casting a privileged young daughter of a marquis, Arabella, as the novel's heroine. Just like Don Quixote, Arabella embarks on a series of adventures in the countryside, all the while mistakenly thinking herself to be the archetypal maiden of a Romance. This novel served as the basis for Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey".
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- Title page
- VOLUME I.
- BOOK I.
- CHAPTER I. Contains a Turn at Court, neither new nor surprising-Some useless Additions to a fine Lady's Education-The bad Effects of a whimsical Study, which some will say is borrowed from Cervantes.
- CHAPTER II. Contains a Description of a Lady's Dress in Fashion not much above Two thousand Years ago.-The Beginning of an Adventure which seems to promise a great deal.
- CHAPTER III. In which the Adventure goes on after the accustomed Manner.
- CHAPTER IV. A Mistake, which produces no great Consequences -An extraordinary Comment upon a Behaviour natural enough-An Instance of a Lady's Compassion for her Lover, which the Reader may possibly think not very compassionate.
- CHAPTER V. In which one would imagine the Adventure concluded, but for a Promise, that something else is to come.
- CHAPTER VI. In which the Adventure is really concluded
- tho', possibly, not as the Reader expected.
- CHAPTER VII. In which some Contradictions are very happily reconciled.
- CHAPTER VIII. In which a Mistake, in point of Ceremony, is rectified.
- CHAPTER IX. In which a Lover is severely punished for Faults which the Reader never would have discovered, if he had not been told.
- CHAPTER X. Contains several Incidents, in which the Reader is expected to be extremely interested.
- CHAPTER XI. In which a logical Argument is unseasonably interrupted.
- CHAPTER XII. In which the Reader will find a Specimen of the true Pathetic, in a Speech of Oroondates.-The Adventure of the Books.
- CHAPTER XIII. The Adventure of the Books continued.
- BOOK II.
- CHAPTER I. In which the Adventure of the Books is happily concluded.
- CHAPTER II. Which contains a very natural Incident.
- CHAPTER III. Which treats of a consolatory Visit, and other grave Matters.
- CHAPTER IV. Which contains some common Occurrences, but placed in a new Light.
- CHAPTER V. The History of Miss Groves, interspersed with some very curious Observations.
- CHAPTER VI. Containing what a judicious Reader will hardly approve.
- CHAPTER VII. Which treats of the Olympic Games.
- CHAPTER VIII. Which concludes with an excellent moral Sentence.
- CHAPTER IX. Containing some curious Anecdotes.
- CHAPTER X. In which our Heroine is engaged in a very perilous Adventure.
- CHAPTER XI. In which the Lady is wonderfully delivered.
- BOOK III.
- CHAPTER I. Two Conversations, out of which the Reader may pick up a great deal.
- CHAPTER II. A solemn Interview.
- CHAPTER III. In which the Interview is ended, not much to the Lover's Satisfaction, but exactly conformable to the Rules of Romance.
- CHAPTER IV. In which our Heroine is greatly disappointed.
- CHAPTER V. Some curious Instructions for relating an History.
- CHAPTER VI. A very Heroic Chapter.
- CHAPTER VII. In which our Heroine is suspected of Insensibility.
- CHAPTER VIII. By which we hope the Reader will be differently affected.
- BOOK IV.
- CHAPTER I. In which our Heroine discovers her Knowlege in Astronomy.
- CHAPTER II. In which a very pleasing Conversation is left unfinished.
- CHAPTER III. Definition of Love and Beauty.-The necessary Qualities of a Hero and Heroine.
- CHAPTER IV. In which our Heroine is engaged in a new Adventure.
- CHAPTER V. Being a Chapter of Mistakes.
- CHAPTER VI. In which the Mistakes are continued.
- CHAPTER VII. In which the Mistakes are not yet cleared up.
- CHAPTER VIII. Which contains some necessary Consequences of the foregoing Mistakes. -A Soliloquy on a Love-Letter.
- CHAPTER IX. Containing a Love-Letter in the Heroic Stile
- with some occasional Reasonings by Lucy, full of Wit and Simplicity.
- VOLUME II.
- BOOK V.
- CHAPTER I. A Dispute very learnedly handled by two Ladies, in which the Reader may take what Part he pleases.
- CHAPTER II. Which inculcates by a very good Example, that a Person ought not to be too hasty in deciding a Question he does not perfectly understand.
- CHAPTER III. In which our Heroine is in some little Confusion.
- CHAPTER IV. Where the Lady extricates herself out of her former Confusion, to the great Astonishment, we will suppose, of the Reader.
- CHAPTER V. In which will be found one of the former Mistakes pursued, and another cleared up, to the great Satisfaction of Two Persons
- among whom, the Reader, we expect, will make a Third.
- CHAPTER VI. Containing some Account of Thalestris, Queen of the Amazons, with other curious Anecdotes.
- BOOK VI.
- CHAPTER I. Containing the Beginning of Sir George 's History
- in which the ingenious Relater has exactly copied the Stile of Romance.
- CHAPTER II. In which Sir George, continuing his surprising History, relates a most stupendous Instance of a Valour only to be parallelled by that of the great Oroondates, CÃ¦sareo, &c. &c. &c.
- CHAPTER III. A Love-Adventure, after the Romantic Taste.
- CHAPTER IV. The Adventure continued.
- CHAPTER V. An extraordinary Instance of Generosity in a Lover, somewhat resembling that of the great Artaxerxes, in Cassandra.
- CHAPTER VI. In which it will be seen, that the Lady is as generous as her Lover.
- CHAPTER VII. Containing an Incident full as probable as any in Scudery's Romances.
- CHAPTER VIII. A single Combat fought with prodigious Valour, and described with amazing Accuracy.
- CHAPTER IX. In which the Reader will find a Description of a Beauty, in a Style truly sublime.
- CHAPTER X. Wherein Sir George concludes his History
- which produces an unexpected Effect.
- CHAPTER XI. Containing only a few Inferences, drawn from the foregoing Chapters.
- BOOK VII.
- CHAPTER I. For the Shortness of which the Length of the next shall make some Amends.
- CHAPTER II. Not so long as was first intended
- but contains, however, a surprising Adventure on the Road.
- CHAPTER III. Which concludes with an authentic Piece of History.
- CHAPTER IV. In which one of our Heroine's Whims is justified, by some others full as whimsical.
- CHAPTER V. Containing some historical Anecdotes, the Truth of which may possibly be doubted, as they are not to be found in any of the Historians.
- CHAPTER VI. Which contains some excellent Rules for Raillery.
- CHAPTER VII. In which the Author condescends to be very minute in the Description of our Heroin's Dress.
- CHAPTER VIII. Some Reflexions very fit, and others very unfit for an Assembly-Room.
- CHAPTER IX. Being a Chapter of the Satyrical Kind.
- CHAPTER X. In which our Heroine justifies her own Notions by some very illustrious Examples.
- CHAPTER XI. In which our Heroine being mistaken herself, gives Occasion for a great many other Mistakes.
- CHAPTER XII. In which our Heroine reconciles herself to a mortifying Incident, by recollecting an Adventure in a Romance, similar to her own.
- CHAPTER XIII. In which our Heroin's Extravagance will be thought, perhaps, to be carried to an extravagant Length.
- CHAPTER XIV. A Dialogue between Arabella and Lucy, in which the latter seems to have the Advantage.
- BOOK VIII.
- CHAPTER I. Contains the Conversation referr'd to in the last Chapter of the preceding Book.
- CHAPTER II. In which our Heroine, as we presume, shews herself in two very different Lights.
- CHAPTER III. The Contrast continued.
- CHAPTER IV. In which Mr. Glanville makes an unsuccessful Attempt upon Arabella.
- CHAPTER V. In which is introduc'd a very singular Character.
- CHAPTER VI. Containing something which at first Sight may possibly puzzle the Reader.
- CHAPTER VII. In which if the Reader has not anticipated it, he will find an Explanation of some seeming Inconsistencies in the foregoing Chapter.
- CHAPTER VIII. Which concludes Book the Eighth.
- BOOK IX.
- CHAPTER I. In which is related an admirable Adventure.
- CHAPTER II. Which ends with a very unfavourable Prediction for our Heroine.
- CHAPTER III. In which Arabella meets with another admirable Adventure.
- CHAPTER IV. In which is related the History of the Princess of Gaul.
- CHAPTER V. A very mysterious Chapter.
- CHAPTER VI. Not much plainer than the former.
- CHAPTER VII. Containing indeed no great Matters, but being a Prelude to greater.
- CHAPTER VIII. Which acquaints the Reader with two very extraordinary Accidents.
- CHAPTER IX. Which will be found to contain Information absolutely necessary for the right understanding of this History.
- CHAPTER X. A short Chapter indeed, but full of Matter.
- CHAPTER XI. Being in the Author's Opinion, the best Chapter in this History.
- CHAPTER XII. In which the History is concluded.