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Coelebs In Search of a Wife

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Author: Hannah More
Published: 1808
Language: English
Wordcount: 138,279 / 400 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 53.6
LoC Categories: PS, BR
Downloads: 502
Added to site: 2010.04.05
mnybks.net#: 27244
Origin: gutenberg.org

The best known work by that prolific moralist, Hannah More. It was written after she had passed her sixtieth year, and was intended as an antidote to what she considered the deleterious influence of the romantic tales of that day.

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her husband, so far from a churlish insensibility to her perfections, politely calls her

Daughter of God and man, accomplish'd Eve.

I will not, however, affirm that Adam, or even Milton, annexed to the term accomplished precisely the idea with which it is associated in the mind of a true modern-bred lady.

It may be objected to the poet's gallantry that he remarks

How beauty is excell'd by manly grace, And wisdom, which alone is truly fair;

let it be remembered that the observation proceeds from the lips of Eve herself, and thus adds to her other graces, the crowning grace of humility.

But it is high time that I should proceed from my criticism to myself. The connexion, and of course the transition, will be found more natural than may appear, till developed by my slight narrative.

CHAPTER II.

I am a young man, not quite four and twenty, of an ancient and respectable family, and considerable e

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