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The Father and Daughter

Amelia Opie

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Still this information removed a load from her mind, by showing her that Fitzhenry felt himself capable of receiving happiness from other hands than hers; and she resolved, if she heard that he was happy in his change of situation, never to recall to his memory the daughter whom it was so much his interest to forget.

The time of Agnes's confinement now drew near,—a time which fills with apprehension even the wife, who is soothed and supported by the tender attentions of an anxious husband, and the assiduities of affectionate relations and friends, and who knows that the child with which she is about to present them will at once gratify their affections and their pride. What then must have been the sensations of Agnes at a moment so awful and dangerous as this!—Agnes, who had no husband to soothe her by his anxious inquiries, no relations or friends to cheer her drooping soul by the expressions of sympathy, and whose child, instead of being welcomed by. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I dare anyone to read the scene in Father and Daughter where she has to walk miles in the snow, clutching her baby, and afraid of the man that is following her and not burst out into laughter. It might be the most overwrought (it was meant to be) thing I have ever read, and it was goddamn hysterical

Interesting time-capsule of popular Morality Fiction (or, as these editors term it, Fiction of Sensibility) circa 1800, but not particularly affecting in today's world. Opie would probably be OVERTAKEN BY CONVULSIONS!! if she saw the prevalence of premarital relations & uncontrolled flirtation that