By this point, Fantomina claims she is in love with Beauplaisir, and would do anything to engage in intercourse with him again. Fantomina makes excuses to her. Love as sentiment and love as a sexual response are two sides of the same coin. Both are intertwined in Eliza Haywood complex relationship. Eliza Haywood begins this turbulent tale with a charming first sentence: “Nothing is so generally coveted by Womankind, as to be accounted Beautiful; yet.

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The one important societal condition to the Lady is the respect of her family name.

The complexity of Love in Fantomina: or, Love in a Maze by E. Haywood.

As one editor of the maxe writes, “where the traditional moral might tantomina expected, this story ends with a casual delight in ‘an Intrigue, which, considering the Time it lasted, was as full of Variety as any, perhaps, that many Ages has produced'”. T HIS Proceeding, though it did not take from him the Opinion that she was what she appeared to be, yet lovf gave him Thoughts of her, which he had not before.

His Stay at Bath exceeded not a Month; but in that Time his suppos’d Country Lass had persecuted him so much with her Fondness, that in spite of the Eagerness with which he first enjoy’d her, he was at last fantpmina more weary of her, than he had been of Fantomina ; which she perceiving, would not be troublesome, but quitting her Service, remained privately in the Town till she heard he was on his Return; and in that Time provided herself of another Disguise to carry on a third Plot, which her inventing Brain had furnished her with, once more to renew his twice-decay’d Ardours.

This affluent young woman disrupts that narrative and presents the audience with a new brand of woman, someone who is curious about sexuality, and uses it as a way to explore the world around her.

When Beauplaisir arrives, he does not know who she is until she tells her story in full. The Hour drawing near in which he was to come, she dress’d herself in as magnificent a Manner, as if she were to be that Llove [Page ] at a Ball at Court, endeavouring to repair the want of those Beauties which the Vizard should conceal, by setting forth the others with the greatest Care and Exactness.


I F you were half so sensible as you ought of your own Power of charming, you would be assur’d, that to be unfaithful or unkind to you, would be among the Things that are in their very Natures Impossibilities.

While her fourth disguise is successful in holding his attention, her plan backfires in a tragic yet not surprising lovs of events that I will refrain from spoiling. Unlike some other novels written during the same period, Fantomina doesn’t die in disgrace. Be the first to ask a question about Fantomina; or, Love in a Maze. Beauplaisir is a level of stupid that left me incredulous, scoffing with laughter.

Notify me of new comments via email. Though I personally believe this is more anti-feminist, it still raises a lot of questions being asked today about the interactions between men and women. At the same time, philologist seeking to sink their teeth into a text with some meaty quotations to unpack, will not be bored this piece. Her Tears, however, and the Destraction she appeared in, after the ruinous Extasy was past, as it heighten’d his Wonder, so it abated his Satisfaction: She went out for what she wanted revealing an unstoppable woman.

She created a character that shows all sides of womanhood in that century: Thus, not divulging her identity all the time, prompts her to wear a mask and darken her bedroom when she is Incognita and to change clothes and manners when she becomes Celia and Mrs. Beauplaisir happens to be bigtime womanizer, and has an affinity for the occasional courtesan. Shame on Beauplaisir for seeing a distressed female but still wanting his needs met. But that he little regarded, or if he had, would have been far from obliging him to desist; — nay, in the present burning Eagerness of Desire, ’tis probable, that had he been [Page ] acquainted both with who and what she really was, the Knowledge of her Birth would not have influenc’d him with Respect sufficient to have curb’d the wild Exuberance of his luxurious Wishes, or made him in that longing, — that impatient Moment, change the Form of his Addresses.

Whereas impoverished women were portrayed as seductive temptresses. This sharply contrasts the wits that are necessary to fool him, which Fantomina demonstrates. S UPPER being over, which was intermixed with a vast deal of amorous Conversation, he began to explain himself more than he had done; and both by his Words and Behaviour let her know, he would not be denied that Happiness the Freedoms she allow’d had made him hope.


Fantomina: Or, Love in a Maze.

View all 3 comments. Open Preview See a Problem? Eliza Haywood — 25 Februaryborn Elizabeth Fowler, was an English writer, actress and publisher. Feb 23, Rosie rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 13, Chelsea rated it it was ok.

Books by Eliza Fowler Haywood. But he was presently perceiving what was her Distemper, call’d the old Lady aside, and told her, it was not a Doctor of his Sex, but one of her own, her Daughter stood in need of.

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Email required Address never made public. In fine, her Habit and her Air were so much chang’d, that she was not more difficult to be known in the rude Country Girlthan she was now in the sorrowful Widow. It was unacceptable for a female to present such erotic behavior. It’s an entertaining read but also fanotmina insight into how the lives and relationships of women differed from men.

Fantomina; or, Love in a Maze

Instead, she defines virtuous love in terms of sincerity and constancy”. The vantomina being that a story that divulged in sexual desire and appetite, deceit and fooling came from the mind of a woman were all the more shocking.

The story is written about a woman in ways that were unimaginable in the eighteenth century. But never Astonishment exceeding that which Beauplaisir felt at the reading this Billet, in which he found these Lines: She dissembled it, however, before him, and took her Leave of him with the Shew of no other Concern than his Absence occasion’d: However, Fantomina’s charm quickly wears off and he leaves her. But she wou’d not permit it, telling him she was not one of those who suffer’d themselves to be treated at their own Lodgings; and as soon as she was come in, sent a Servant, belonging to the House, to provide a very handsome Supper, and Wine, and every Thing was [Page ] serv’d to Table in a Manner which shew’d the Director neither wanted Money, nor was ignorant how it shou’d be laid out.

After some time he grows tired of Celia and the invention wheel shifts again to another character named the Widow Bloomer. No trivia or quizzes yet.