By this point, Fantomina claims she is in love with Beauplaisir, and would do anything to engage in intercourse with him again. Fantomina makes excuses to her. Love as sentiment and love as a sexual response are two sides of the same coin. Both are intertwined in Eliza Haywood complex relationship. Eliza Haywood begins this turbulent tale with a charming first sentence: “Nothing is so generally coveted by Womankind, as to be accounted Beautiful; yet.

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Though she continues to employ the ruse of “Fantomina” throughout the story, the protagonist drops this alias for a short time to pursue Beauplaisir to Bath. Possession naturally abates the Vigour of Desire, and I should have had, at best, but a cold, insipid, husband-like Lover in my Arms; but by these Arts of passing on him as a new Mistress whenever the Ardour, which alone makes Love a Blessing, begins to diminish, for the former one, I have him always raving, wild, impatient, longing, dying.

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Besides the storyline, everything else seems dull. Refresh and try again. The truth is revealed fahtomina him through the protagonist’s mother. Is Fantomina by Eliza Haywood Feminist approach or cautionary tale?

Fantomina: Or, Love in a Maze.

As different readers read this compelling story different viewpoints about the plot will emerge. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Lists with This Book. A comical tale of deception that will always be od.

Fantomina manipulates the constraints put on her because of her gender to satisfy her desire for sex, already thought to be an inherently masculine desire to have. You may judge, resumed she, by the melancholy Garb I am in, that I have lately lost all that ought to be valuable to Womankind; but it is impossible for you to guess the Greatness of my Misfortune, unless you had known my Husband, who was Master of every Perfection to endear him to a Wife’s Affections.

Women of prosperous upbringing in classic literature are often portrayed inexperienced in love and are made out to be innocent and virginal.

Jan 24, Adam Stevenson rated it liked it. But that he little regarded, or if he had, would have been far from obliging him to desist; — nay, in the present burning Eagerness of Desire, ’tis probable, that had he been [Page ] acquainted both with who and what she really was, the Knowledge of her Birth would not have influenc’d him with Respect sufficient to have curb’d the wild Exuberance of his luxurious Wishes, or made him in that longing, — that impatient Moment, change the Form of his Addresses.

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This critiques the standards placed on women especially, coming from an elite background. Soon, Beauplaisir gets tired of Celia, and leaves. I your Undoing, who never harbour’d the least Design on you in my Life, she did in these Words, Though the Injury you have done your Family, said she, is of a Nature which cannot justly hope Forgiveness, yet be assur’d, I shall much sooner excuse you when satisfied of the Truth, than while I am kept in a Suspence, if possible, as vexatious as the Crime itself is to me.

He was fir’d with the first Sight of her; and tho’ he did not presently take any farther Notice of her, than giving her two or three hearty Kisses, yet she, who now understood that Language but too well, easily saw they were the Prelude to more substantial Joys.

Fantomina; or, Love in a Maze

She not only controls her feelings but also his. Creating something that can be enjoyed and appreciated by anyone who can read. That’s not the case here, and the result is a narration sta The amatory fiction, exemplified here, is a precursor of the romance novel.

Iniatilly just wanting to see what it’s like, she eventually encounters Beauplaisir and, after some misgivings after he rapes her, falls in love with her. But as I said, it was interesting to contextualize alongside Locke’s philosophies of consent and consciousness, and to think about emergent female subjectivities at this historical moment–it’s a good text to look at literary history through, even if it isn’t all that great.

Admittedly, my personal annoyance at this being the take away caused me to give it such a low rating. If you want the book in summary, just listen to that. Mar 10, Natasha rated it liked it. Fantomina and all her incarnations are definitely the aggressors of this tale.

She promis’d she would not, and very obediently kept her Word. At the end, her mother sends her to live in a monastery in France. However, Beauplaisir is to much of a womanizer to settle for just one, not to mention, he has no clue what he wants. In some ways they deserve eachother for how awfully they treat one another. It was too late for her to go home that Night, therefore contented herself with lying there. How could he have multiple intimate relations with one woman and not realize it?

The amatory fiction, exemplified here, is a precursor of the romance novel. Nov 29, Mina Soare rated it liked it Recommended to Mina by: Fantomina is such an interesting piece because it defies the usual conclusions for the female protagonist. Books by Eliza Fowler Haywood. Fantomina’s economic and social standing is portrayed in an interesting light, because her privilege seems to be more of a constraint on her than it is a benefit.


Epistolary novels are unique not only in structure but in the way they allow plot to develop. She gave a solemn Promise to be in the same Box on the Morrow Evening; and they took Leave of each other; he to the Tavern to drown the Remembrance of his Disappointment; she in a Hackney-Chair hurry’d home to indulge Contemplation on the Frolick she had taken, designing nothing less on her first Reflections, than to keep the Promise she had made him, and hugging herself with Joy, that she had the good Luck to come off undiscover’d.

When Beauplaisir sees her, he believes her to be a new maid, and makes romantic overtures. And ’tis difficult to determine, if Beauplaisiror the Lady, were most surpris’d at what they heard; he, that he should have been blinded so often by her Artifices; or she, that so young a Creature should have the Skill to make use of them.

The writing is “eh” and it is very repetitive. Fantomina explores a variety of themes, almost none of which come without literary dispute and controversy. A twist on the formulaic genre of the pure maiden seduced and abandoned, amatory fiction is used to highlight themes of promiscuity, women’s position in society and sexual empowerment with an undercurrent of sarcasm – as the ending still ends in misery for the protagonist.

The final character is Incognita, which is the only character which Beauplaisir should be given a pass for not recognizing as the OG, considering Incognita wears a mask the entire time they are together.

It was a signifying factor of upper class, elegance and moralistic values. Feb 23, Rosie rated it liked it Shelves: Some novels thrive in this form thanks in… The Outsiders- Evelina and Jenny Innocence and delicacy were considered critical values of woman in the eighteenth century. For further discussion, the assumptions of lpve and class that she assumes is fascinating.

This ot a fun and silly story. The first contain’d these Lines:. Haywood’s story “radically rewrites” the typical “persecuted maiden” story of the early eighteenth century. She gives her protagonist great agency at the beginning of the piece, enabling Fantomina to manipulate Beauplaisir by seducing him under the guise of a prostitute.

I read her part of it, and her protestations were fantojina she agreed that it was, in fact, smutty. This is the second identity that the protagonist uses.