By Larry H. Peer

Romanticism and the town explores how overdue eighteenth-and early nineteenth-century literature conceptualized city house. clean readings of key texts express how Romantic issues with city lifestyles formed either person works and broader theoretical matters.

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True, she “trembles,” is called an “angel” by Macartney and is constantly on the verge of fainting during this scene—all signs that she retains her place as an ideal woman of sensibility—but she nevertheless succeeds in wresting loaded guns away from the suicidal Macartney and, when he attempts to reclaim them, to maintain her control over the weapons (184). ” If Evelina is, nevertheless, not quite manly, she is a good deal more macho than her shy, retiring, rural self—or, for that matter, Lovel.

However, since Inchbald’s is, undeniably, a novel of sensibility and Miss Milner is its heroine, we must consider that the author uses the character to comment on the form and its ideals in some way. In Wollstonecraft’s novella, the protagonist, Mary, writes a “rhapsody on sensibility,” in which she hails it as “the foundation of all our happiness” (50), and describes sensibility as this quickness, this delicacy of feeling . . which expands the soul, gives an enthusiastic greatness, mixed with tenderness, when we view the magnificent objects of nature; or hear of a good action.

The same which I now view” (26–28), he came upon the grave of his daughter, Emma, who had died at the age of nine and whom he remembers loving “more” at that moment “than . . [he] e’er had loved before” (39–40): And, turning from her grave, I met Beside the church-yard Yew A blooming Girl, whose hair was wet With points of morning dew. A basket on her head she bare, Her brow was smooth and white, To see a Child so very fair, It was a pure delight! com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-04-15 36 It may be fortuitous that it is a female carrying something on her head who is the placeholder again for what is both contingent and more than common.

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