|About the Book|
This gothic romance observes the troubles of Elisabeth Spencer- from her childhood where she was raised by her father the kind Major, while her mother, a woman of falseness in name and person, considered her an unwanted burden that hampered her indulgence into that good life which she had deceited herself to- to her orphaning and adoptation by Sir William- to her young adulthood, where her inexperienced heart and hand is at stake as two lords vie for her attention - one whose motifs are of true affection and one whose concern is her fortune - and where villains and liars from her past reappear to haunt her with their own obscure schemes.This edition is reproduced directly from scanned microfilms of the one released in 1797 by a company called William Lane, this was the first print of this tale. Illegible words appear oft due to the poor quality of the scans. The point here was to recreate the works as they first appeared, not to improve upon them. In other words, this is how this early 19th century gothic novel appeared back in the days when it was still novel.The original print makes no mention of an author. In a 1814 catalogue by Minerva-Press (who printed the books for William Lane) the author is declared to be Mrs. Carver.The book was originally printed in three seperate volumes.