Posted by: rearadmiral | October 3, 2011

The Coquette at Windsor Tea Shop

WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011
WHERE: Windsor Tea Shop
1 Pleasant St.
Cohasset, MA
RSVP:  Leave a comment here or on Facebook if you’re coming!

"The Coquette" by James Wells Champney. Unsure if related to the book?

The Coquette tells the much-publicized story of the seduction of Elizabeth Whitman, a poet from Hartford, Connecticut.
Written as a series of letters–between the heroine and her friends and lovers–it describes her long, tortuous courtship by two men, neither of whom perfectly suits her. Eliza Wharton (as Whitman is called in the novel) wavers between Major Sanford, a charming but insincere man, and the Reverend Boyer, a bore who wants to marry her. When, in her mid-30s, Wharton finds herself suddenly abandoned when both men marry other women, she willfully enters into an adulterous relationship with Sanford. Eliza Wharton, whose real-life counterpart was distantly related to Hannah Foster’s husband, was one of the first women in American fiction to emerge as a real person facing a dilemma in her life.


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  2. I’m sorry that I won’t be able to join you, but I have a prior commitment that morning. See you all in December!


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