RICHARDSON, Charlotte Caroline. Soldier's Child,
Monthly Review, 2nd ser. 97 (Feb 1822): 218–19.
As it frequently happens in works of this stamp, the dramatis
personæ here abound in lords and ladies, and ‘squires
of high degree,’ scarcely one of whose titular appellations
is correctly given. For instance, the Earl of Belgrove’s
eldest son is called Lord Frederic Somerville, and on the
Earl’s death is second son is said to be ‘now
Lord Somerville:’ a baronet’s daughter is styled ‘the
Lady Ismena,’ in p. 42.; and, to complete the con-[218/219]fusion,
Lord Somerville receives ‘an order for the departure of his
troops for St. Petersburg,’ whither no British troops
ever yet went!
In vol. i. p. 132., the amiable lady and daughter of one of the
above-mentioned nobles are represented as inhabiting a cottage,
in which they amuse themselves with family-concerts; ‘the
Lady Victoria singing in an arbour to the silver-toned warblings
of her footman’s flute, or accompanying with her lute
his clear and powerful voice!’ It would be useless, however,
to trouble our readers with farther discussion of a book which is
a mere tissue of similar ignorance and absurdities.
We are often puzzled by the strange incongruity manifested in works
of this kind. A degree of ingenuity, talent, and invention, is necessary
for the fabrication of any tale, even of an ordinary quality; yet
as the language in which it is conveyed, and the manners which it
pourtrays, seem to arise indubitably and unequivocally from the
nursery-room, the waiting-room, or the kitchen.
Notes: Listed under ‘Monthly Catalogue: Novels’. Format:
2 vols 12mo; price 12s. Boards. Publisher: Robinson.
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