The Soldier's Orphan is a novel virtually forgotten by modern
readers, but one that deserves reassessment with the publication of
this critical edition. Abduction, secrets, incarceration in a
lunatic asylum, and a despotic evil guardian; the fate of Louisa
Fitzormond seems stereotypical of a Gothic romance, but the novel's
exploration of society at all levels, as well as the roles and
limitations for women demonstrate its similarities to novels of
moral etiquette. Raised by guardians, Louisa's fate is intertwined
with the neighbouring Stanley family: her closest friend is Miss
Stanley, the eldest daughter; the man she loves is Walter, the son,
and the jealousy of the younger daughter, Armida - whose husband
Lord Belmour openly admires Louisa - propels the plot and causes
the unwitting Louisa torment and distress. Despite the story's
innumerable twists and turns, its conclusion brings Louisa
reconciliation, a rightful inheritance and a happy marriage.
Pickering & Chatto (Publishers) Ltd
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||Chawton House Library: Women's Novels, 10
Clare Broome Saunders
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