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A Modern Edition

Anne Damer, Edited and with an Introduction by Jonathan David Gross

Publication Year: 2011

Jonathan David Gross is a professor of English at DePaul University and the director of the DePaul Humanities Center. He previously edited The Sylph (Northwestern, 2007) and Emma; or, The Unfortunate Attachment (2004), both by Lady Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. He is the author of Byron: The Erotic Liberal (2001), and edited Byron’s "Corbeau Blanc": The Life and Letters of Lady Melbourne (1997).

Published by: Northwestern University Press

Series: Northwestern World Classics


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Title Page, Copyright

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Biographical Note

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Time Line

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“I am going to pass an hour with Lord Belmour,” Mary Berry wrote to Anne Damer. “I dare say we shall both of us think of you.”1 This quotation captures perfectly the autobiographical themes of Damer’s only novel, Belmour. In this work, she ...

Note on the Text

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Volume I

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Chapter 1

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pp. 5-17

IT WAS TOWARDS THE END OF JUNE, when the Earl of Delavere quitted the hot, dusty town, for his castle, in the county of ——, on the western coast of England. The earl, though already in an advanced age, was full of health and activity; and was one of those few fortunate beings, who had been placed ...

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Chapter 2

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pp. 17-22

IN SPITE OF THE WAY in which Belmour had answered his sister, what she had said did not fail to make an impression on his mind.—The warmth with which he had spoken in describing his adventure, and still more what he had felt, made him appear almost ridiculous in his own eyes. ...

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Chapter 3

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pp. 22-30

ABOUT A WEEK PASSED without any other occurrence than the arrival of Lord Fenmoss and Mr. Saunter, two fashionable admirers of Lady Clementina, who, finding their time hang heavily on their hands, as the town began to grow empty from the approach of a general election, claimed a slight invitation from ...

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Chapter 4

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pp. 30-61

FROM THE TIME MISS MELVILLE had left the castle, Lady Clementina had talked of nothing but her—her beauty, her manner, and who she could be—not that it signified, she said, who anybody was, when they were so charming.—“Do, cousin,” said ...

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Chapter 5

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pp. 61-67

WE LEFT BELMOUR in contemplation of the setting sun on a calm sea.—Night was now coming on fast—he had been for a considerable time sitting on a fragment of rock, his eyes fixed on the ocean, but lost in thought, and quite unmindful of approaching darkness, when ...

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Chapter 6

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pp. 67-74

BELMOUR FELT SERIOUSLY DISTURBED at the manner in which his accidental visit to Miss Melville had been taken. His father, he perceived, thought more of it, than he chose to express, from his wholly avoiding the subject; and the rest of the company, according to their different ..

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Chapter 7

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pp. 74-78

THE NEXT MORNING, Lord Delavere, at breakfast, announced his intention of going immediately to town, as by letters which he had just received, he had learnt, that his patent for the marquisate he had been long soliciting was made out, that it would appear in the gazette that very week, and that he had ...

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Chapter 8

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pp. 78-84

BELMOUR, FROM THE MOMENT he left the castle, had felt his spirits sink, and as he proceeded on his journey, became more and more thoughtful and melancholy. His hopes of improving his acquaintance with Miss Melville seemed to fade—and, if he did, to what must that not lead?—He no longer deceived ...

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Chapter 9

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pp. 84-95

TWO DAYS AFTERWARD, and before he was expected, the marquis returned.—He no sooner saw Belmour, than he told him, that he was sorry to send him away, but that his presence was absolutely necessary for a day or two in town, on particular business, and to sign some deeds of consequence. ...

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Chapter 10

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pp. 99-117

LADY CAROLINE BORE THE JOURNEY but ill, and on their arrival at Falmouth complained of extreme fatigue and depression of spirits. Belmour, having placed her in the quietest apartment he could find at the inn, as it was then towards the close of the evening, walked out in order to make ...

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Chapter 11

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pp. 117-139

A FEW DAYS AFTER BELMOUR had taken leave of the friar, he quitted Lisbon, and embarked for England. Twelve days’ sail, in the most prosperous weather, brought him to Falmouth. He felt not that joy, which should have accompanied him, on his return to his native land, where every advantage fortune could bestow was showered upon his head. ...

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Chapter 12

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pp. 139-142

BELMOUR, DURING HIS WALK to the place where he had left his carriage the day before, arranged his plan, in consequence of what he had learned from Dr. Stanmore, and found that he could not, without difficulty, arrive at the Post Town, distant however only a few miles from the seat ...

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Chapter 13

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pp. 142-143

IT HAD INSTANTLY OCCURRED to Belmour, as the reader may, perhaps, guess, on the conversation which he overheard between the servants, that by going himself to Cheltenham, to which place he was nearly in the direct road, he would have an opportunity of seeing Emily ...

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Chapter 14

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pp. 144-148

BELMOUR, THE NEXT MORNING, walked to the well. It had not occurred to him, that he was likely to meet any of his particular acquaintance at Cheltenham; and so indifferent was it to him, one expected, whom he met, that he had not thought of making ...

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Chapter 15

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pp. 148-152

NEARLY THREE WEEKS had elapsed in that state of quiet society, which is seldom found, but when persons of congenial, or at least accordant dispositions and tastes, meet in some place distant from the scenes of their different cares and anxieties.— Lady Clementina, really occupied ...

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Chapter 16

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pp. 152-154

THE DAYS, WHICH PRECEDED THE BALLl, were passed without any new occurrence, in the same easy and familiar society.— On the eve, as they were at supper, Lady Clementina declared, that she should take charge of Emily’s dress—“I have,” said she, “sent for two dresses from town: ...

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Chapter 17

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pp. 154-157

THE DAY FOLLOWING WAS, on Lady Clementina’s part, wholly occupied by preparations for the ball, in which she also engaged Emily so much, that Belmour had less opportunity of seeing her than usual; but when in the evening they met in the parlour at Lady Clementina’s, dressed and ready to set out, ...

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Chapter 18

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pp. 157-163

THE LATENESS OF THE ENTERTAINMENT of the preceding night left Belmour little hope of meeting Emily in the morning; he, however, rose, and walked at the accustomed time to a romantic little valley, a favourite scene of Emily’s, where, seated at the foot of a tree, he had first seen her drawing. ...

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Chapter 19

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pp. 163-169

THE SOLITUDE OF BELMOUR'S TOUR in Wales, the romantic scenes which had been presented to his view in that country, were by no means calculated to lessen the force of the impressions, with which he left Cheltenham.—He arrived at Dean Abbey in less than a month ...

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Chapter 20

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pp. 169-175

BELMOUR AWOKE MUCH LATER than his accustomed time. Bertram was already in his room, but judging, from his master’s looks, that he was not disposed to speak, he prepared what was necessary in silence, not without much curiosity to discover what had disturbed, as it appeared something ...

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Chapter 21

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pp. 175-180

TWO DAYS HAD NOW PASSED, since Barnvelt and St. Fort had been gone, still Belmour remained, and could not determine on going—Mr. Courtenay began, he thought, to appear less reserved to him, than he had done of late; and he flattered himself, at some moments, with the hope of fixing a period for ...

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Chapter 22

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pp. 180-183

ARRIVED IN TOWN, as he alighted at his door, Belmour was by chance met by Dr. Seward, who, begging pardon for his intrusion, followed him into his house.—“You must excuse me, my dear lord,” said he, “but I cannot resist this opportunity of just inquiring after you, it is such an age since I have seen you, ...

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Chapter 23

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pp. 183-194

BELMOUR'S RECOVERY WAS SLOW; an extreme languor succeeded the violence of his disorder, which still did not leave the physician without serious apprehensions for him, though not such as threatened immediate danger to his life.—On Dr. Seward’s proposing to him, to remove ...

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Chapter 24

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pp. 194-198

MRS. STAINVILLE'S PROMISE VISIT at the parsonage was, as it may be supposed, impatiently expected by Emily.—She rose even earlier than usual that day, decorated the flower-pots, which she constantly placed in profusion over every part of the house, with peculiar attention; her own dress, too, was more ...

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Chapter 25

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pp. 201-206

MRS. STAINVILLE FAILED NOT in her appointment;—with Emily she appeared every moment more and more charmed. As they alighted from the carriage at Mrs. Stainville’s door, she stopped—“Will eight o’clock be too late?” said she, taking Emily’s hand, “or may I venture to keep you here till that ...

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Chapter 26

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pp. 207-212

AS DR. STANMORE HAD PROPHESIED, the letters which he wrote to Sir Thomas Melville, and some other of Emily’s relations, remained unanswered. Sir Thomas, indeed, under the laudable pretence of his health then being in too weak a state, to venture the possibility of any sudden shock, or the least pressure ...

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Chapter 27

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pp. 212-217

MRS. STAINVILLE, HAVING ALREADY PASSED many months at different times at Paris, when abroad with her husband, who had some near relations established there—persons of the first rank and distinction, had only on her arrival to renew her visits to them, and was immediately received into several of those select and intimate societies, which form the charm of a Parisian ...

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Chapter 28

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pp. 217-238

THE NEXT MORNING Lord Raymond failed not to present himself at Mrs. Stainville’s door; and, as she on her side had not failed to take off the before-mentioned general interdiction, by specifying to the porter an exception in his favour, he was admitted. ...

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Chapter 29

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pp. 239-247

FOR SOME TIME AFTER THEIR ARRIVAL at Naples, the beauty of the scene, the variety of new objects, and the bustle of that immense and populous city, completely occupied Emily’s attention; and the constant crowds in which the evenings were passed, it being then the time ...

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Chapter 30

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pp. 247-255

VENICE WAS THE PLACE, where Mrs. Stainville had always said, that she meant to make her longest residence, before she returned to England; and there they arrived, after a journey which would have been in every respect delightful to Emily, if she had not been placed in so ...

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Chapter 31

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pp. 255-258

DURING THE JOURNEY, Mrs. Stainville, wishing to obliterate, as much as possible, the remembrance of her own misconduct, which she was sensible Emily must have perceived, and dreading the report she might make of her after their return ...

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Chapter 32

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pp. 258-261

EVERYTHING BEING READY, they left Paris; and a few days, with a favourable passage, brought them to England.—Ms. Stainville insisted on reconducting Emily herself to Dr. Stanmore, into whose arms Emily, on her arrival at her ancient habitation, fell almost breathless with agitation. ...

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Chapter 33

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pp. 261-270

A YEAR HAD NOW ELAPSED since Emily’s return to England, and the hours had passed on her side in quiet occupation and content. But Dr. Stanmore, although too wise to lose the enjoyment of present moments in idle fears for the future, could not, without the most serious ...

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Chapter 34

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pp. 270-273

IT WAS AMONG THE PERSONS who occasionally came to Mr. Enstine’s, that Emily first saw Mr. Courtenay, who came thither one day on business, and had accidentally agreed to stay to dinner, wholly ignorant of whom he was to meet at Mr. Enstine’s table. ...

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Chapter 35

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pp. 274-277

OF SHORT DURATION were Emily’s doubts respecting Mr. Courtenay’s sentiments, as scarcely a fortnight had elapsed after her return to the parsonage, when he presented himself there evidently to seek her, as he offered no other pretext for coming, than his desire ...

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Chapter 36

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pp. 277-283

SETTLEMENTS WERE, by Mr. Courtenay’s direction, immediately drawn up by Mr. Enstine, and shown to Dr. Stanmore for his approbation. The provision for Emily appeared uncommonly handsome; and it is not to be supposed, that Dr. Stanmore, in such a case, inquired narrowly into the powers of the estate ...

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Chapter 37

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pp. 283-291

IT WAS NOW NEARLY THREE YEARS since Belmour had quitted England; during which time, he had not only visited great parts of Europe, but extended his travels into Asia and Egypt. From Constantinople he had sailed to Smyrna, where he had by chance met with a Greek, a man of profound erudition, ...

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Chapter 38

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pp. 291-297

IN THREE WEEKS from the time of Wilmot’s adventure, the vessel already mentioned set sail, and, after an uncommonly prosperous voyage, arrived at Portsmouth, where it had been agreed, that, circumstances permitting, the passengers were to be landed. ...

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Chapter 39

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pp. 298-313

IN THE COURSE OF THE FOLLOWING DAY, Dr. Stanmore informed Belmour of the particulars, which had passed since his absence, relative to Emily, and to Mr. Courtenay’s death. Not long after Belmour had left Dean Abbey, Dr. Stanmore had passed a few weeks there, and to him Emily had not disguised the ...

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Chapter 40

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pp. 313-316

ALMOST ON THEIR ARRIVAL at Belmour Castle, both Emily and Belmour had been anxious to dispatch letters to Lady Clementina, to announce their marriage to her, and with every expression of affection and kindness towards her, to entreat her presence, as the completion of their own happiness. ...

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Chapter 41

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pp. 316-320

THE NEXT DAY Emily, Belmour, and the rest of the party, took their evening walk in the park, following the road by which Lady Clementina was expected, and accordingly ere long the carriage appeared.—Scarcely would Lady Clementina allow it to stop, and the door to be opened, before she flew out, and ...


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E-ISBN-13: 9780810164529
Print-ISBN-13: 9780810126701

Page Count: 392
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: New
Volume Title: 1
Series Title: Northwestern World Classics