Helen Charteris

Helen Charteris

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by Harriet Ward
     
 

In this novel set during the reign of King George IV of England, young Helen Charteris leaves school to take her place in English society. At sixteen, Helen attends her first ball, learns to mingle with landed gentry and experiences her first love. This gentle and sometimes gothic account of a young lady’s journey to womanhood in the late Georgian period is a…  See more details below

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In this novel set during the reign of King George IV of England, young Helen Charteris leaves school to take her place in English society. At sixteen, Helen attends her first ball, learns to mingle with landed gentry and experiences her first love. This gentle and sometimes gothic account of a young lady’s journey to womanhood in the late Georgian period is a quiet treasure.

Originally published in 1848, Helen Charteris gives us a glimpse into the everyday life of a young woman growing up during this spectacular time in history, with its country entertainments, slang and idioms of the day, customs and traditions.

From Helen Charteris:

There was a great crush; Harry Lorimer led me away to dance. I was unwilling to attempt it in such a crowd, but what Irishman ever gave up a point he intended carrying? Certainly not Harry Lorimer of the 6th Dragoons.
I was laughing merrily at having effected our “journey” through at least two hundred people, when I cast my eyes opposite to see who were vis-à-vis to us.
The lady was Miss Baxter, the gentleman was Henry Leycester.
The laugh died away within my heart, my lips felt icy cold, my limbs trembled, and, with almost a gasp, I laid my shaking hand on my partner’s arm.
As soon as he had followed my glance across the room, he understood all.
“Don’t faint, Helen, for gracious sake!” he whispered; “the band is beginning—go on bravely.”
I moved through the first figure of the quadrille as if blind and deaf, till Leycester’s hand touched mine: I believe my lips parted to speak, but no sound fell from them; he uttered something, but no pressure of the hand responded to my trembling touch, no smile met my momentary glance, and I moved back again as bewildered as I was unhappy.
Who has not thus been checked in the midst of light laughter or careless revelry by the sudden and unexpected appearance of some beloved object? Who has not felt the tightness in the throat, the trembling of the knees, smiting each other and almost refusing their wonted support, the convulsive chattering of the teeth, the strange bewilderment of the eyes: and all this combined with the desire, the necessity, to appear calm and unmoved?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012127860
Publisher:
Anglocentria, Inc.
Publication date:
01/30/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
448,378
File size:
433 KB

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