Roxana (Google eBook)
"Roxana" is a fascinatinating novel named after the protagonist, Roxana. It is about a beautiful and ambitious woman who suffers a calamity from which she must recover. Left with the care of her five children, she fights against fate and raises her economic stature by flirting with well-connected men. Captivating!
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Page 4 - I chose him for being a handsome, jolly fellow, as I have said — for he was otherwise a weak, empty-headed, untaught creature as any woman could ever desire to be coupled with. And here I must take the liberty, whatever I have to reproach myself with in my after conduct, to turn to my fellow creatures, the young ladies of this country, and speak to them by way of precaution.