Great cities require public theatres, and romances are necessary to a corrupt people. I saw the manners of the times, and have published these letters. Would to heaven I had lived in an age when I ought rather to have thrown them in the fire!
Why should I fear to speak my thoughts? This collection of letters, with all their gothic air, will better suit a married lady than books of philosophy: it may even be of service to those who, in an irregular course of life, have yet preserved some affection for virtue. (Preface)
The characters of these letters, are Lord B. an English nobleman; the Baron d’Etange, a Swiss officer of rank in the French service, Eloisa, his daughter, heroine of the romance; St. Preux, her lover, a youth of good parts and amiable disposition, but of inferior birth and fortune; Mr. Wolmar, Eloisa’s husband; and Clara, afterwards Mrs. Orbe, cousin and confidante, to Eloisa.
Eloisa’s father, Baron B. (an English nobleman) has been away and Eloise has been introduced to St. Preux in his absence. St. Preux has accepted the post of preceptor (instructor) to Eloisa, but, like Abelard of old, he has become enamored of his charge.
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