Cecilia: Memoirs of an Heiress

Frances BURNEY (1752 - 1840)

The plot of Cecilia revolves around the heroine, Cecilia Beverley, whose inheritance from her uncle comes with the stipulation that she find a husband who will accept her name. This proves impossible, and she gives up her fortune to marry for love.

Jane Austen referred to Cecilia and other novels in her 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. The title of Austen's Pride and Prejudice may have been inspired by a passage at the end of Cecilia: “remember: if to pride and prejudice you owe your miseries, so wonderfully is good and evil balanced, that to pride and prejudice you will also owe their termination.” (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Karen Merline)

Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Romance

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Book I Chapter 01: A Journey Nikki Sullivan
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Play 02 Book I Chapter 02: An Argument Nikki Sullivan
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Play 03 Book I Chapter 03: An Arrival Nikki Sullivan
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Play 04 Book I Chapter 04: A Sketch of High Life Nikki Sullivan
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Play 05 Book I Chapter 05: An Assembly Nikki Sullivan
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Play 06 Book I Chapter 06: A Breakfast Nikki Sullivan
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Play 07 Book I Chapter 07: A Project Nikki Sullivan
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Play 08 Book I Chapter 08: An Opera Rehearsal Missie
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Play 09 Book I Chapter 09: A Supplication Missie
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Play 10 Book I Chapter 10: A Provocation Missie
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Play 11 Book I Chapter 11: A Narration Missie
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Play 12 Book II Chapter 01: A Man of Wealth Chris Jones
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Play 13 Book II Chaper 02: A Man of Family Samantha Di Piero
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Play 14 Book II Chapter 03, Pt. 1: A Masquerade kristiface
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Play 15 Book II Chapter 03, Pt. 2: A Masquerade Dawn
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Play 16 Book II Chaper 04: An Affray Dawn
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Play 17 Book II Chapter 05: A Fashionable Friend Amanda Hindman
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Play 18 Book II Chapter 06: A Family Party Amanda Hindman
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Play 19 Book II Chapter 07: An Examination valli
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Play 20 Book II Chapter 08: A Tete-a-Tete valli
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Play 21 Book III Chapter 01: An Application Janna
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Play 22 Book III Chapter 02: A Perplexity Janna
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Play 23 Book III Chapter 03: An Admonition Janna
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Play 24 Book III Chapter 04: An Evasion valli
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Play 25 Book III Chapter 05: An Adventure Dawn
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Play 26 Book III Chapter 06: A Man of Genius Dawn
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Play 27 Book III Chapter 07: An Expedient valli
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Play 28 Book III Chapter 08: A Remonstrance Christine Blachford
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Play 29 Book III Chapter 09: A Victory Christine Blachford
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Play 30 Book IV Chapter 01: A Complaint Lucy Burgoyne
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Play 31 Book IV Chapter 02: A Sympathy Lucy Burgoyne
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Play 32 Book IV Chapter 03: A Conflict Lucy Burgoyne
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Play 33 Book IV Chapter 04: An Expectation valli
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Play 34 Book IV Chapter 05: An Agitation Janna
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Play 35 Book IV Chapter 06, Pt. 1: A Man of the Ton Janna
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Play 36 Book IV Chapter 06, Pt. 2: A Man of the Ton Janna
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Play 37 Book IV Chapter 07: A Reproof Janna
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Play 38 Book IV Chapter 08: A Mistake Janna
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Play 39 Book IV Chapter 09: An Explanation Janna
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Play 40 Book IV Chapter 10: A Murmuring Janna
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Play 41 Book V Chapter 01: A Rout Amanda Hindman
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Play 42 Book V Chapter 02: A Broad Hint Amanda Hindman
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Play 43 Book V Chapter 03: An Accomodation Bereni
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Play 44 Book V Chapter 04: A Detection Bereni
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Play 45 Book V Chapter 05: A Sarcasm Bereni
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Play 46 Book V Chapter 06: A Surmise Bereni
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Play 47 Book V Chapter 07: A Bold Stroke MorganScorpion
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Play 48 Book V Chapter 08: A Miser's Mansion Ezwa
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Play 49 Book V Chapter 09: A Declaration Amanda Hindman
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Play 50 Book V Chapter 10: A Gamer's Conscience Amanda Hindman
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Play 51 Book V Chapter 11: A Persecution Amanda Hindman
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Play 52 Book V Chapter 12, Pt. 1: A Man of Business Amanda Hindman
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Play 53 Book V Chapter 12, Pt. 2: A Man of Business Amanda Hindman
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Play 54 Book V Chapter 13: A Solution Amanda Hindman
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Play 55 Book VI Chapter 01: A Debate MorganScorpion
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Play 56 Book VI Chapter 02: A Railing MorganScorpion
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Play 57 Book VI Chapter 03: An Antique Mansion valli
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Play 58 Book VI Chapter 04: A Rattle MorganScorpion
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Play 59 Book VI Chapter 05: A Storm MorganScorpion
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Play 60 Book VI Chapter 06: A Mystery MorganScorpion
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Play 61 Book VI Chapter 07: An Anecdote Amanda Hindman
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Play 62 Book VI Chapter 08: A Conference Amanda Hindman
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Play 63 Book VI Chapter 09: An Attack Amanda Hindman
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Play 64 Book VI Chapter 10: A Retreat Dawn
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Play 65 Book VI Chapter 11: A Worry Linda McDaniel
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Play 66 Book VII Chapter 01: A Renovation Bridget Gaige
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Play 67 Book VII Chapter 02: A Visit Bereni
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Play 68 Book VII Chapter 03: An Incident Bereni
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Play 69 Book VII Chapter 04: A Proposition Raerity
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Play 70 Book VII Chapter 05: A Letter Linda Lee Paquet
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Play 71 Book VII Chapter 06: A Discussion Linda Lee Paquet
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Play 72 Book VII Chapter 07: A Retrospection Linda Lee Paquet
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Play 73 Book VII Chapter 08: An Embarassment Edith Phern
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Play 74 Book VII Chapter 09: A Torment Bereni
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Play 75 Book VIII Chapter 01: An Interruption Julie VW
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Play 76 Book VIII Chapter 02: An Event Julie VW
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Play 77 Book VIII Chapter 03: A Consternation Michelle Crandall
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Play 78 Book VIII Chapter 04: A Perturbation Bereni
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Play 79 Book VIII Chapter 05: A Cottage Bereni
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Play 80 Book VIII Chapter 06: A Contest Dawn
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Play 81 Book VIII Chapter 07: A Message Michelle Crandall
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Play 82 Book VIII Chapter 08: A Parting valli
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Play 83 Book VIII Chapter 09: A Tale valli
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Play 84 Book VIII Chapter 10: A Shock valli
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Play 85 Book IX Chapter 01: A Cogitation valli
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Play 86 Book IX Chapter 02: A Surprize valli
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Play 87 Book IX Chapter 03: A Confabulation valli
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Play 88 Book IX Chapter 04, Pt. 1: A Wrangling valli
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Play 89 Book IX Chapter 04, Pt. 2: A Wrangling Bereni
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Play 90 Book IX Chapter 05: A Suspicion Michelle Crandall
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Play 91 Book IX Chapter 06: A Disturbance Bereni
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Play 92 Book IX Chapter 07: A Calm Bridget Gaige
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Play 93 Book IX Chapter 08: An Alarm Bridget Gaige
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Play 94 Book IX Chapter 09: A Suspense Raerity
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Play 95 Book IX Chapter 10: A Relation Raerity
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Play 96 Book IX Chapter 11: An Enterprise Becca B
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Play 97 Book X Chapter 01: A Discovery Neeru Iyer
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Play 98 Book X Chapter 02: An Interview Sarah Prusoff
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Play 99 Book X Chapter 03: A Summons Frances Marcinkiewicz
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Play 100 Book X Chapter 04: A Deliberation Frances Marcinkiewicz
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Play 101 Book X Chapter 05: A Decision Frances Marcinkiewicz
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Play 102 Book X Chapter 06: A Prating Dawn
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Play 103 Book X Chapter 07: A Pursuit Bereni
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Play 104 Book X Chapter 08: An Encounter valli
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Play 105 Book X Chapter 09: A Tribute valli
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Play 106 Book X Chapter 10, Pt. 1: A Termination Michelle Crandall
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Play 107 Book X Chapter 10, Pt. 2: A Termination Michelle Crandall
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