Roxana: or, The Fortunate Mistress

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D. A. Talboys, 1840 - 428 pages

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User Review  - Dreesie - LibraryThing

My last of the Defoe books on the 1001 books list! So, this book is nearly 300 years old. And it feels like it. The language is dated and took some getting used to. The scandals wouldn't be so ... Read full review

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User Review  - MartinBodek - LibraryThing

The 18th century "1,001 books..." march through whoredom continues with another whore whoring her way around the Whorenited Kingdom. Who finds this claptrap, pun intended, entertaining? Certainly I ... Read full review

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Page 21 - Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
Page 181 - ... a year estate ; that while a merchant spent, he only spent what he got, and not that, and that he laid up great sums every year. That an estate is a pond, but that a trade was a spring...
Page 299 - I felt something shoot through my blood, my heart fluttered, my head flashed and was dizzy, and all within me, as I thought, turned about, and much ado I had not to abandon myself to an excess of passion at the first sight of her, much more when my lips touched her face.
Page 3 - ... hear, it was afterwards some advantage to me. With all these things, I wanted neither wit, beauty, or money. In this manner I set out into the world, having all the advantages that any young woman could desire, to recommend me to others, and form a prospect of happy living to myself.
Page 299 - I cannot but take Notice here, that notwithstanding there was a secret Horror upon my Mind, and I was ready to sink when I came close to her, to salute her; yet it was a secret inconceivable Pleasure to me when I kiss'd her, to know that I kiss'd my own Child; my own Flesh and Blood, born of my Body; and who I had never...
Page 322 - What a glorious testimony it is to the justice of Providence, and to the concern Providence has in guiding all the affairs of men (even the least as well as the greatest), that the most secret crimes are, by the most unforeseen accidents, brought to light and discovered.
Page 157 - That the very nature of the marriage contract was, in short, nothing but giving up liberty, estate, authority, and everything to the man, and the woman was indeed a mere woman ever after, that is to say, a slave.
Page 157 - That the very Nature of the Marriage-Contract was, in short, nothing but giving up Liberty, Estate, Authority, and every-thing, to the Man, and the Woman was indeed, a meer Woman ever after, that is to say, a Slave.
Page 159 - that is the thing I complain of. The pretence of affection takes from a woman everything that can be called herself; she is to have no interest, no aim, no view ; but all is the interest, aim, and view of the husband ; she is to be the passive creature you spoke of,

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