"Charlotte Temple" tells the tale of a tender English woman who elopes to the US, simply to be cruelly deserted. The sequel "Lucy Temple" keeps the unique story, telling of the studies of Lucy, Charlotte's orphaned daughter.
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L. a. Rue simply observed his personality; her sole objective was once to evoke a keenness in his bosom that may end up to her virtue, and during this target she was once yet too profitable, for earlier than the voyage was once accomplished, the infatuated Colonel gave her from lower than his hand a promise of marriage on their arrival at New-York, lower than forfeiture of 5 thousand kilos. and the way did our bad Charlotte move her time in the course of a tedious and tempestuous passage? clearly soft, the fatigue and affliction which she persevered rendered her so susceptible as to be virtually solely restricted to her mattress: but the kindness and a focus of Montraville in a few degree contributed to relieve her sufferings, and the wish of listening to from her buddies quickly after her arrival, stored up her spirits, and cheered many a dismal hour. yet through the voyage a superb revolution came about not just within the fortune of l. a. Rue yet within the bosom of Belcour: while in pursuit of his amour with Mademoiselle, he had attended little to the attention-grabbing, inobtrusive charms of Charlotte, but if, cloyed through ownership, and disgusted with the artwork and dissimulation of 1, he beheld the simplicity and gentleness of the opposite, the distinction turned too outstanding to not fill him immediately with shock and admiration. He usually conversed with Charlotte; he discovered her good, good trained, yet diffident and unassuming. The languor which the fatigue of her physique and perturbation of her brain unfold over her smooth positive factors, served simply in his opinion to render her extra beautiful: he knew that Montraville didn't layout to marry her, and he shaped a answer to endeavour to realize her himself at any time when Montraville should still depart her. allow now not the reader think Belcour’s designs have been honourable. unfortunately! whilst as soon as a lady has forgot the distinction as a result of herself, via yielding to the solicitations of illicit love, they lose all their end result, even within the eyes of the guy whose artwork has betrayed them, and for whose sake they've got sacrificed each worthy attention. The heedless reasonable, who stoops to accountable joys, a guy may well pity—but he needs to despise. Nay, each libertine will imagine he has a correct to insult her together with his licentious ardour; and will the sad creature reduce from the insolent overture, he'll sneeringly taunt her with pretence of modesty. bankruptcy XVII a marriage at the day earlier than their arrival at New-York, after dinner, Crayton arose from his seat, and putting himself by means of Mademoiselle, therefore addressed the corporate— “As we're now approximately arrived at our destined port, i believe it yet my accountability to notify you, my acquaintances, that this lady,” (taking her hand,) “has put herself lower than my safeguard. i've got noticeable and critically felt the soreness of her middle, and during each colour which cruelty or malice may perhaps throw over her, can detect the main amiable traits. i presumed it yet essential to point out my esteem for her earlier than our disembarkation, because it is my mounted answer, the morning once we land, to offer her an undoubted name to my favour and defense by means of honourably uniting my destiny to hers.