By Catharine Maria Sedgwick
The Early American ladies Writers sequence deals infrequent works of fiction through eighteenth- and nineteenth-century girls, every one reprinted in its entirety, every one with a foreword by means of normal Editor Cathy N. Davidson, who areas the unconventional in a ancient and literary viewpoint. Written in 1822, A New-England story is the 1st of the numerous novels, stories, and brief journal items Catharine Sedgwick released in the course of her lifetime. the tale of an orphan woman in rural New England and the ethical trials she faces as she grows up, this early instance of the preferred nineteenth-century women's novel presents a distinct examine the spiritual and social weather at this important interval in America's nationwide improvement. Addressing the various advanced spiritual, political, and philosophical problems with the time, in addition to matters of the lady author, A New-England story is a vintage tale of a tender woman's ethical and fabric triumphs.
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Jane, lost in the depths of her sufferings, seemed insensible to all A NEW-ENGLAND TALE 13 external things. Her countenance was of a death-like paleness, and her features immoveable; and when, during the sermon, an address was made to her personally by the clergyman, she was utterly unable to rise, one of her aunts, shocked at the omission of what she considered an essential decorum, took her by the arm, and almost lifted her from her seat. She stood like a statue, her senses seeming to take no cognizance of any thing.
Elton, though, alas, negligent of some of her duties, watched over the expanding character of her child, with A NEW-ENGLAND TALE 25 Christian fidelity. " She knew that amiable dispositions were not to be trusted, and she sought to fortify her child's mind with Christian principles. She sowed the seed, and looked with undoubting faith for the promised blessing. "I must soon sleep," she would say to Mary, "but the seed is already springing up. '" Mary had seconded Mrs. Elton's efforts. She looked upon herself as a humble instrument; but she was a most efficient one.
Jane's relations wore the decent gravity that became the occasion; but they were of a hard race, and neither the wreck their brother had made, nor the deep grief of the solitary little creature, awakened their pity. They even seemed to shun manifesting towards her the kindness of common sympathy, lest it should be construed into an intention of taking charge of the orphan. Jane, lost in the depths of her sufferings, seemed insensible to all A NEW-ENGLAND TALE 13 external things. Her countenance was of a death-like paleness, and her features immoveable; and when, during the sermon, an address was made to her personally by the clergyman, she was utterly unable to rise, one of her aunts, shocked at the omission of what she considered an essential decorum, took her by the arm, and almost lifted her from her seat.
A New-England Tale; Or, Sketches of New-England Character and Manners (Early American Women Writers) by Catharine Maria Sedgwick