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From the Publisher“A spirited, cannily high-minded story of seduction, betrayal, and retribution.”
—MARGO JEFFERSON, The New York Times
A Boarding School
“Are you for a walk,” said Montraville to his companion, as they arose from table; “are you for a walk? or shall we order the chaise and proceed to Portsmouth?” Belcour preferred the former; and they sauntered out to view the town, and to make remarks on the inhabitants, as they returned from church.
Montraville was a Lieutenant in the army: Belcour was his brother officer: they had been to take leave of their friends previous to their departure for America, and were now returning to Portsmouth, where the troops waited orders for embarkation. They had stopped at Chichester to dine; and knowing they had sufficient time to reach the place of destination before dark, and yet allow them a walk, had resolved, it being Sunday afternoon, to take a survey of the Chichester ladies as they returned from their devotions.
They had gratified their curiosity, and were preparing to return to the inn without honouring any of the belles with particular notice, when Madame Du Pont, at the head of her school, descended from the church. Such an assemblage of youth and innocence naturally attracted the young soldiers: they stopped; and, as the little cavalcade passed, almost involuntarily pulled off their hats. A tall, elegant girl looked at Montraville and blushed: he instantly recollected the features of Charlotte Temple, whom he had once seen and danced with at a ball at Portsmouth. At that time he thought on her only as a very lovely child, she being then only thirteen; but the improvement two years had made in her person, and the blush of recollection which suffused her cheeks as she passed, awakened in his bosom new and pleasing ideas. Vanity led him to think that pleasure at again beholding him might have occasioned the emotion he had witnessed, and the same vanity led him to wish to see her again.
“She is the sweetest girl in the world,” said he, as he entered the inn. Belcour stared. “Did you not notice her?” continued Montraville: “she had on a blue bonnet, and with a pair of lovely eyes of the same colour, has contrived to make me feel devilish odd about the heart.”
“Pho,” said Belcour, “a musket ball from our friends, the Americans, may in less than two months make you feel worse.”
“I never think of the future,” replied Montraville, “but am determined to make the most of the present, and would willingly compound with any kind Familiar who would inform me who the girl is, and how I might be likely to obtain an interview.”
But no kind Familiar at that time appearing, and the chaise which they had ordered, driving up to the door, Montraville and his companion were obliged to take leave of Chichester and its fair inhabitant, and proceed on their journey.
But Charlotte had made too great an impression on his mind to be easily eradicated: having therefore spent three whole days in thinking on her and in endeavouring to form some plan for seeing her, he determined to set off for Chichester, and trust to chance either to favour or frustrate his designs. Arriving at the verge of the town, he dismounted, and sending the servant forward with the horses, proceeded toward the place, where, in the midst of an extensive pleasure ground, stood the mansion which contained the lovely Charlotte Temple. Mon- traville leaned on a broken gate, and looked earnestly at the house. The wall which surrounded it was high, and perhaps the Argus’s who guarded the Hesperian fruit within, were more watchful than those famed of old.
“ ’Tis a romantic attempt,” said he; “and should I even succeed in seeing and conversing with her, it can be productive of no good: I must of necessity leave England in a few days, and probably may never return; why then should I endeavour to engage the affections of this lovely girl, only to leave her a prey to a thousand inquietudes, of which at present she has no idea? I will return to Portsmouth and think no more about her.”
The evening now was closed; a serene stilness reigned; and the chaste Queen of Night with her silver crescent faintly illuminated the hemisphere. The mind of Montraville was hushed into composure by the serenity of the surrounding objects. “I will think on her no more,” said he, and turned with an intention to leave the place; but as he turned, he saw the gate which led to the pleasure grounds open, and two women come out, who walked arm-in-arm across the field.
“I will at least see who these are,” said he. He overtook them, and giving them the compliments of the evening, begged leave to see them into the more frequented parts of the town: but how was he delighted, when, waiting for an answer, he discovered, under the concealment of a large bonnet, the face of Charlotte Temple.
He soon found means to ingratiate himself with her companion, who was a French teacher at the school, and, at parting, slipped a letter he had purposely written, into Charlotte’s hand, and five guineas into that of Mademoiselle, who promised she would endeavour to bring her young charge into the field again the next evening.
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Chronology: The Life of Susanna Rowson
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Posted March 18, 2012
I saw this book whaen i searched and they actualy said in the app store temple run the game not the book ALL OF THE WERE CHARLETE TEMPLE THE BOOK THE!!!!!!!!!!THEY REALY NEED TO FIX THEIR SHOP PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PPLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLESAE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE AND MAKE THE GAME ;(
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Posted March 12, 2012
I WANT TEMPLE RUN!!!! Please! Get the game! You guys should know this is the most popular game! (Or at my school anyway) I'm an addict. :p
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Posted February 17, 2012
Not Charlotte Temple, and does that have run in its title? No. Since I have to give this at least one star, I am telling you it will forever be a zero to me.
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Posted August 29, 2012
All the people who are writing about temple run need to stop. People who read the comments are trying to find out how this book is, not that bn should get temple run!
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Posted May 19, 2012
I swear, they need it! I dont careabout charollette temple. GIVE. ME. TEMPLE RUN.
A zero for sure, even if its one star.
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Posted December 8, 2013
Please don't give up the money in your pocket BTW it's not about temple run if you like this stuff buy it but i'm trying to warn you it's not about temple run if you bought this and though this was about temple run I would be trying not to be loling even santa would not like this if you bought this i'm so sorry I cant lie to you about this so please do not get this book and please read this important mesage I aprove this mesage p.s.my dog don't like this and he is the litteist thing in the would
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Posted April 7, 2012
I am furious I really want temple and all it shows is books All my friends have it I feel left out plese get temple run and draw something
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Posted April 25, 2015
Charlotte Temple was so bad, I couldn't go to sleep until I had finished it. So many factors were working against Charlotte that I kept turning the pages to find out what happens to her. Yes, she does things that she knows she shouldn't do, but not-so-nice people also use her for their own gains. This was why I stayed up reading this novel; I felt so bad for Charlotte. With all the terrible developments, the plot moves forwards fairly quickly. There is also the time Charlotte faints, and we do not know if she would have had the willpower to resist the influences of the not-so-nice people.
A story of emotion and ethics, the goal of the sentimental novel (like Charlotte Temple) was to teach young women good morals and to warn them against associating with certain types of people who would certainly lead them to ruin. You can see the didactic messages in Charlotte Temple when the narrator speaks directly to the audience about what we should be learning from the story. The seduction plot teaches us the potential consequences of loving and following the wrong man. Of course, the consequences wouldn't be as bad today as in Charlotte's time, so the primary value of reading this novel would be to learn more about the culture during the colonial period.
That said, the characters are one dimensional for the most part. Mr. and Mrs. Temple are obviously the ideal sentimental hero and heroine respectively, Montraville is the seducer, La Rue is the seductress / temptress, and Charlotte is the naive heroine . . . to name a few. While there are a couple changes in some of the characters, they're very subtle and aren't enough to make them multi-dimensional. We also don't get to peer much into the minds of the characters other than those that contribute to the plot, so we don't learn much about them as people. While Charlotte Temple provides a different kind of read, it wouldn't be my first pick for leisure reading.
Nevertheless, despite the lack of intricate plot and character development, I did enjoy reading Charlotte Temple. I read this book for my American Heroine class, and it made for some fantastic discussion on the different characters and how they relate to one another. Fun fact to consider while reading this novel - though Rowson was a British writer, Charlotte Temple sold better in the Americas than in Britain.
Posted July 2, 2013
B &N YALL WOULD BE FAMUS IF YOU GET MINECRAFT PE AND TEMPLE RUN 1&2 BUT LOOK AT THE COMMENTS JUST LOOK THESE PEOPLE R GIVIN UP B&N YOU GUYS R GONNA HAVE THE WORST TABLET IN THE WORLD IT WOULD NOT BE PRETTY SO GET MINECRAFT PE AND TEMPLE RUN 1&2 AND NO MORE MINICRAFT NO MORE TEMPLE RUN GUIDES THIS IS SICK PEOPLE R GONNA WASTE THERE FREAKIN MONEY MY PARENTS ARE MAD ABOUT IT THEY WANT YALL TO ALSO PUT THE MINECRAFT ON NOOK sorry for the long message but this is goin way to far :(
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Posted January 29, 2013