Frye went to Toronto to compete in a national typing contest in After a brief stint as a student minister in Saskatchewanhe was ordained to the ministry of the United Church of Canada.
The style is epistolary, the setting for the most part Canada, the plot improbable.
Although published anonymously no reputable writer would admit to an association with circulating libraries and their flimsy formula novels ,2 there is reason to believe that Frances Brooke is the author of this work. As such, it merits our attention.
An exchange of letters between the heroine, Fanny West, in London and Mrs. Darnley, her friend and mentor, in the country reveal Fanny's predicament. Her mother has unwisely brought Fanny to London where she is attempting to introduce her into society, Critical essays on canadian literature the hope that her beauty and accomplishments might allow her to marry above her station.
Although filial obedience requires that Fanny concur with her mother's plans, she is dismayed at the situation in which she finds herself, and Mrs.
Darnley warns her of the dire consequences which may ensue. The fears of Fanny and Mrs.
Darnley are soon realized. The aristocratic and wealthy Lord Walton seeks out Fanny with intentions no one but Fanny's naive mother can conceive as honorable. However, Fanny is not without spirit. When Walton in a melodramatic scene attempts to rape her, Fanny reverses the situation and stabs him with his own sword.
Not seriously injured, Walton turns the incident to his own advantage by circulating a report that Fanny has wounded him in a lovers' quarrel. She and her mother are placed under house arrest guarded by Walton's servants.
West dies, of shock and dismay it seems, whereupon Walton conceives a Clarissa-like plot to spirit Fanny away to his own estate and force her to become his mistress.
At the last moment Fanny escapes to a friend through whom she then obtains a position as companion to a young bride. Manwaring, is about to join her husband, the newly appointed Governor of Trois-Rivieres.
Thus the stage is set for Fanny's journey to Canada. The melodramatic incidents involved in the above situation comprise the first third of this novel and the remainder, with the exception of the resolution in England, takes place in Canada. This is the reverse of The History of Emily Montague in which the first two-thirds of the action takes place in Canada and the last third in England.
On Fanny's arrival at Trois-Rivieres, the romantic plot is immediately initiated. Her mistress's husband, Governor Manwaring, is revealed to be Henry Parker, the son of a family friend who had made a fortune in the British colony.
Parker had followed his father's dying request to seek the hand of his old friend's daughter, Fanny, in England.
When he met Fanny, Parker was led to believe that she was Walton's mistress and disappointedly arranged to return to Canada. Prior to departure he married Caroline Manwaring and took her surname to fulfill a requirement of his bride's inheritance; hence Fanny's astonishment at meeting him in Canada.
Now both realize, too late, that they are in love. Canada was expected to provide a new start for Fanny, but Manwaring's love for her and hers for him complicate her situation, for the excessive sensibility of both makes it impossible to hide. To ameliorate the situation Fanny agrees to spend the winter in Montreal with a newly married friend, Bel Roachley, and accepts the advice of her acquaintances that she resolve her dilemma by marrying.
She accepts Colonel Bellamy, the most eligible man in Canada, who is as attractive to the ladies as Fanny is to the men. Ironically, on the day of their marriage Fanny learns of the death of Caroline Manwaring, thus freeing the man she loves.
Soon after, Bellamy is conveniently killed in a duel by a jealous husband who erroneously suspects him of an affair with his young bride. Manwaring has sailed to England and Fanny, now free, returns there for the happy resolution: The title page of the novel indicates that it was published anonymously and that it was "Printed for F.
However, added credence may be given to this claim by the existence in the British Museum of a French translation of the novel. The title page of the first volume of this translation reads: The main interest of the novel resides in its portrayal of life in Canada and its commentary on marriage and society.
Structurally, the novel lacks the unity which characterized Frances Brooke's earlier two novels or the later Excursion Fanny's desperate adventures in London provide a tale in themselves thinly linked with the Canadian events which follow.
They do provide a reason for the penniless young woman to wish to leave England and they introduce, however briefly, the young man destined to provide the romantic interest and complicating factor in her Canadian experience.
In this first part of the novel the author strongly criticizes the London social scene.As one of Canada's oldest literary journals on Canadian writing, we are committed to creative approaches to language and ideas.
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