An annotated passage from Eliza Haywood's Fantomina

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An annotated passage from Eliza Haywood's Fantomina


An examination of Fantomina's passions and 18th century taboos about women.


An annotated version of paragraph 2 of Haywood's Fantomina. These annotations pay special attention to the perception of women in the 18th century within the context of writings by philosophers such as David Hume and John Locke.


Eliza Haywood


Haywood, Elizabeth. "Fantomina: or, Love in a Maze." Secret Histories, Novels, and Poems, Vol. 3, London: Dan Browne and S. Chapman, 1725, pp. 257-91. "A Celebration of Women Writers", Edited by Mary Ockerbloom and Laura Dziuban, University of Pennsylvania, 2020, Accessed on February 9, 2020.


Dan Browne and S. Chapman




Christopher Cich


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But these Cogitations were but of a short Continuance, they vanish'd with the Hurry of her Spirits, and were succeeded by others vastly different and ruinous: – All the Charms of Beauplaisir came fresh into her Mind; she languish'd, she almost dy'd for another Opportunity of conversing with him; and not all the Admonitions of her Discretion were effectual to oblige her to deny laying hold of that which offer'd itself the next Night. – She depended on the Strength of her Virtue, to bear her fate thro' Tryals more dangerous than she apprehended this to be, and never having been address'd by him as Lady, — was resolv'd to receive his Devoirs as a Town-Mistress, imagining a world of Satisfaction to herself in engaging him in the Character [Page 261 Cha- racter] of such a one, and in observing the Surprise he would be in to find himself refused by a Woman, who he supposed granted her Favours without Exception. – Strange and unaccountable were the Whimsies she was possess'd of, – wild and incoherent her Desires, – unfix'd and undetermin'd her Resolutions, but in that of seeing Beauplaisir in the Manner she had lately done. As for her Proceedings with him, or how a second Time to escape him, without discovering who she was, she cou'd neither assure herself, nor whither or not in the last Extremity she wou'd do so. – Bent, however, on meeting him, whatever shou'd be the Consequence, she went out some Hours before the Time of going to the Playhouse, and took lodgings in a House not very far from it, intending, that if he shou'd insist on passing some Part of the Night with her, to carry him there, thinking she might with more Security to her Honour entertain him at a Place where she was Mistress, than at any of his own chusing.”

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Fantomina Paragraph 2.pdf


Eliza Haywood, “An annotated passage from Eliza Haywood's Fantomina,” Enlightenmens, accessed January 27, 2023,

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