Love in excess;: or the fatal enquiry, a novel. In three parts. by Haywood, Eliza Fowler, ? Publication date Publisher London: printed for D. The fiction of Eliza Haywood, Penelope Aubin and Elizabeth Singer Rowe has been seen to represent two very different ways of writing novels in the s: the . The Love in Excess Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, by Eliza Haywood The hero of Haywood’s novel, D’ elmont is painted in a white light of innocence and mind numbing ignorance.
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The book has three parts, and luckily for those who want something to look forward to, the third, final, part was the far most intriguing.
Amena’s father refuses to allow his daughter to continue meeting with D’Elmont without a proposal of marriage, which forces the pair to meet via subterfuge. Melliora secures her own freedom to leave with D’Elmont through an elaborate plot. Although it might not be the finest novel ever written, it has merits such as being on of the English language first best sellers and pissing of misogynists, such as Alexander Pope, back in the s, and so I would recommend anyone interested in the history of the novel to read it.
In the chaos of the evening, Alovisa ends up running into D’Elmont’s sword. Mar 29, Sarah rated it it was ok Shelves: Part the Second deals with D’Elmont’s falling in “true” love with Melliora, a girl entrusted in his care.
D’Elmont is a dick, but he’s also pretty, and some women try to use him in ways that flip gender expectations. A woman had no wants. This article’s plot summary may be too long or excessively detailed. Rendezvous and chance meeting become so utterly “chance” that they defy belief.
You get the impression that the cover of its modern-day equivalent would have Fabio on it. It was published in the early eighteenth century and its main feature is strange spelling and the absence of almost any structure in the text, making it difficult to follow the story it describes. Sep 17, Alison Zoccola rated it liked it. Aug 26, Benjy rated it it was ok Shelves: I just finished reading Part the First of Love in Excess. Jun 15, Alex rated it really liked it Shelves: It was a blockbuster smash when it was published inas popular as Robinson Crusoe.
I found the epistolary form, with all its windows across time and space delightful. He attempts to seduce the ward and ends up causing jealousy in his wife who dies as a result of a bed room mix up.
D’Elmont, in the meanwhile, has left to receive his brother, Chevalier Brillian.
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Its women are horny, dammit. I did, however, find that it held my attention much better and was more enjoyable to read that most other 18th century novels that I’ve read. The style was repetitive as the time necessitated, D’elmont assails, the lady repels, he falls to melancholy, they feel bad, they are saved or destroyed and the cycle continues. Fuck it, she says, I want to get laid. This was reading material for a class on loove century lit.
It’s much better than plenty of other books from its era. Should I marry for love or should I marry to create a strategic partnership that will benefit my family? However, a woman is also in no position to refuse a man. Because it’s a wonderful critique of the time period.
You’re more likely to identify with one or more of the many women who cycle in and out of his life. And while there is lots of preludes to sex in this novel, amazingly, there is never any actual intercourse, if you’re paying attention. To view it, click here. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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There’s more to say. While Violetta was engaged to Frankville, she inevitably falls in love with D’Elmont and seeks to reunite Frankville and Camilla.
I prefer a narrative with characterisation, well-paced and given to more dialogue, but I have to view this novel through the lens of its time, so alas. But I think it deserves more.
The narrator specifically mentioned the “custom which forbids women to make a declaration of their thoughts. No side stories, no decent friendships, no outward plot growth. Jan 18, Monty Milne rated it it was ok.
Count D’elmont is a particularly troubling character and a shameless lothario. This must be the most difficult book I’ve ever read. The psychological arc of the story is in D’elmont gaining a peek-through-the-window-blinds shred of sympathy for the position he puts women in. A book more interesting for form then reading material. This sort of narrative–man does terrible haywold over and over until he sort of understands its a little wrong and everyone celebrates him for entering a momentary fugue of ethical self-awareness–still haunts the novel.
Unfortunately I could not find a reprinted text online, so had to read off a pdf’d manuscript which, with the lack of paragraphing, modern on, spelling and the letter “s” looking like an “f”, ln this quite an elongated read. I can’t say I wanted to read on. Aug 13, Sherwood Smith added it Shelves: That is the million dollar question. November Learn how and when to remove this template message.