Belinda

Maria EDGEWORTH (1768 - 1849)

When Belinda was published in 1801, it became both controversial and popular. Controversial because of the inter-racial marriage presented in the novel, and popular because it's a very good comedy of manners, like Evelina by Fanny Burney. Belinda, like Evelina, is a soft and loving girl of 17, is coming to London with her aunt who directs her action in order to make sure that she'll find a good match. But what will happen if Belinda will fall in love? Will Clarence Hervey, the man she loves, be able to marry her? It seems almost impossible, as he is secretly bringing up another woman to be a perfect wife to him and now, in all honor, he thinks he must marry her. These social novels about young women trying to find good husbands were admired by Jane Austen who referred to Belinda, among other novels, in her own novel Northanger Abbey: “'And what are you reading, Miss — ?' 'Oh! It is only a novel!' replies the young lady, while she lays down her book with affected indifference, or momentary shame. 'It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda'; or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best–chosen language." (Summary by Stav Nisser)

Genre(s): General Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Characters Mimi Wang
00:29:31
Play 02 02 - Masks Sandra Estenson
00:47:32
Play 03 03 - Lady Delacour's History (Part 1) Sandra Estenson
00:27:57
Play 04 04 - Lady Delacour's History (Part 2) Sandra Estenson
00:33:45
Play 05 05 - Lady Delacour's History Continued Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:49:28
Play 06 06 - Birthday Dresses Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:32:45
Play 07 07 - Ways and Means Evelyn Clarke
00:28:48
Play 08 08 - The Serpentine River Nichole Thompson
00:20:51
Play 09 09 - A Family Party Terra Mendoza
00:26:00
Play 10 10 - Advice Terra Mendoza
00:35:49
Play 11 11 - The Mysterious Boudoir Mimi Wang
00:25:47
Play 12 12 - Difficulties Mimi Wang
00:39:17
Play 13 13 - The Macaw Terra Mendoza
00:25:21
Play 14 14 - Sortes Virgilianae Terra Mendoza
00:28:45
Play 15 15 - The Exhibition (Part 1) Linda Velwest
00:28:46
Play 16 16 - The Exhibition (Part 2) Linda Velwest
00:25:34
Play 17 17 - Jealousy Terra Mendoza
00:32:03
Play 18 18 - Domestic Happiness Terra Mendoza
00:29:29
Play 19 19 - Rights of Woman Terra Mendoza
00:23:37
Play 20 20 - A Declaration Terra Mendoza
00:30:51
Play 21 21 - A Wedding Terra Mendoza
00:35:29
Play 22 22 - Reconciliation (Part 1) Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:29:46
Play 23 23 - Reconciliation (Part 2) Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:27:37
Play 24 24 - Helena Roxanna Nazari
00:34:30
Play 25 25 - A Spectre Roxanna Nazari
00:32:43
Play 26 26 - The Chaplain wminbru
00:20:37
Play 27 27 - Peu a Peu wminbru
00:44:17
Play 28 28 - Love Me, Love My Dog wminbru
00:48:22
Play 29 29 - Virginia (Part 1) Anka
00:18:25
Play 30 30 - Virginia (Part 2) Anka
00:21:42
Play 31 31 - Virginia (Part 3) Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:27:16
Play 32 32 - A Discovery (Part 1) Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:26:46
Play 33 33 - A Discovery (Part 2) Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:25:06
Play 34 34 - A Discovery (Part 3) Diana Majlinger
00:16:52
Play 35 35 - E O (Part 1) Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:24:50
Play 36 36 - E O (Part 2) Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
00:24:12
Play 37 37 - A Jew Terra Mendoza
00:28:41
Play 38 38 - News Terra Mendoza
00:27:03
Play 39 39 - The Denouement Terra Mendoza
00:39:01