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Charlotte Temple

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"First published in America in 1794, Charlotte Temple took the country by storm - in fact, it was this nation's first bona fide "bestseller." Susanna Rowson's most famous work is the story of an innocent British schoolgirl who takes the advice of her depraved French teacher - with tragic consequences. Seduced by the dashing Lieutenant Montraville, who persuades her to move to America with him, the fifteen-year-old Charlotte leaves her adoring parents and makes the treacherous sea voyage to New York. In the land of opportunity, Charlotte is
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"First published in America in 1794, Charlotte Temple took the country by storm - in fact, it was this nation's first bona fide "bestseller." Susanna Rowson's most famous work is the story of an innocent British schoolgirl who takes the advice of her depraved French teacher - with tragic consequences. Seduced by the dashing Lieutenant Montraville, who persuades her to move to America with him, the fifteen-year-old Charlotte leaves her adoring parents and makes the treacherous sea voyage to New York. In the land of opportunity, Charlotte is callously abandoned by Montraville. Alone and pregnant with an illegitimate child, she valiantly fights to stave off poverty and ruin." This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the first American edition.

An English girl, whose liaison with a British officer led her to Revolutionary America; she was abandoned and died giving birth to an illegitimate child.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426465321
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 10/11/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Susanna Rowson, née Haswell (1762 - 2 March 1824) was a British-American novelist, poet, playwright, religious writer, stage actress, and educator.
Rowson was the author of the 1791 novel Charlotte Temple, the most popular best-seller in American literature until Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin was published in 1852.
It was as governess that she wrote her first work, Victoria, dedicated to the Duchess of Devonshire, published in 1786, and in the same year she married William Rowson, a hardware merchant and Royal Horse Guards trumpeter. In 1791, she published the novel now referred to as Charlotte Temple; it became the first American best-selling novel. After William's hardware business failed, he and Susanna turned to acting. In 1793, as a member of the theater company of Thomas Wignell, she returned to America, performing in Philadelphia.
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Charlotte Temple


By Susanna Rowson

Random House

Copyright (C) 2004 by Susanna Rowson
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0812971213


Chapter One

CHAPTER I

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Ugggg

    My god!! I cant seem to find the actual temple run game in the app store. Why doesnt the BN store have all of the apps that the apple store has? Furthermore, whenever i search the app store it never comes up with apps! Just books! So then i have to scroll through 200 pages of apps just to find the one i want! BN NEEDS TO FIX THEIR APP STORE!!!!

    20 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Anonymous

    I WANT TEMPLE RUN

    16 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Huh

    Get temple run!!!

    13 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    THE GAME

    FIRST OF ALL!!!!!!!! I SEARCHED "TEMPLE RUN" AND THIS BOOK POPPED UP!!!!!!!! WHAT IN THE BLOODY HELL DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH TEMPLE RUN?????!?!!!!!!?!??????!?!!!!!!?!?????? ALSO!!!!!! IF YOU WANT THE REAL GAME (EVERYONE) CLICK "YES" AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS!!!!

    REMEMBER!!!!!!! IF YOU WANT TEMPLE RUN!!!!!!!! YOU HAVE TO SPREAD THE WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    12 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    STOP! Do not read this book!

    I do not recommend Susanna Rowson's novel, Charlotte Temple. This dry novel lacks excitement and plot twists. Rowson was a British author from the 1700s, which explains the difficulty reading level of this novel. The language and writing style used in this novel makes for a slow read. The language also increases the difficulty of comprehending Rowson's novel. The plot has no excitement in it. It is difficult to read this novel because of the humdrum plot. Also, the reader cannot connect to the characters in the novel because the novel is about the life of a British school girl in the 1700s. Despite this novel being the one of the first best sellers, I would only give it 1 star because of the difficulty of the language used and the dry plot. I personally would not choose to read this book on my own will.

    12 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Good drama book

    It has history and good drama in this little boring, yet exiting tale

    11 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2012

    Bad book

    Boooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    9 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Tainna

    Please im beging bn to get temple its the best.

    9 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    CRIES I HATE THIS BOOK BECAUSE NO TEMPLE RUN

    I saw my friends play temple run on theyre i touches sniffel i no have i touch cries

    9 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Hf

    Love it so mmuch

    8 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

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    -Hayden Pritchett-11

    8 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

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    8 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 11, 2012

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    8 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    How old

    I am 10,basicly 11 for your info and if i have a bio project i will get this book because i thinl it looks good i mean the title not the black and white words wih the grey backgrond. Weird!!!!!!!

    7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Anomamus

    This is so boring boooooooooooooooooooooooooooo this is stupid gosh

    6 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Givey

    Give us yemple run NOW!!!!

    6 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Haha

    I love how everyone is complaning aboout the temple run app, which i was looking for too!

    6 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Talisha

    I love the black and white. It bring up the 1900

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Anymous janaray13,2013

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    Stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    No temple run -_-

    B&N seriously hurry up with temple run. 70% of the games available for nook suck riht now. The Apple app store has it, so does Googles app store, and now even Amazons appstore has it. Soon I will be retutning my NOOK tablet and buying a Galaxy tab 2 7.0

    4 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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