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Frances Burney (13 June 1752 – 6 January 1840), also known as Fanny Burney and, after her marriage, as Madame d’Arblay, was an English novelist, diarist and playwright. She was born in Lynn Regis, now King’s Lynn, England, on 13 June 1752, to musical historian Dr Charles Burney (1726–1814) and Mrs Esther Sleepe Burney (1725–62). The third of six children, she was self-educated and began writing ... more »

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  • The gentlemen [at a ball], as they passed and repassed, looked as if they thought we were quite at their disposal, and only waiting for the honour of their commands; and they sauntered about, in a car...
    Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. Evelina, in Evelina, letter 11 (1778).
  • ''I wish the opera was every night. It is, of all entertainments, the sweetest and most delightful. Some of the songs seemed to melt my very soul.''
    Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. Evelina, in Evelina, letter 12 (1778).
  • We have been a-shopping ... all this morning, to buy silks, caps, gauzes, and so forth. The shops are really very entertaining, especially the mercers; there seem to be six or seven men belonging to e...
    Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. Evelina, in Evelina, letter 10 (1778).
  • These people in high life have too much presence of mind, I believe, to seem disconcerted, or out of humour, however they may feel: for had I been the person of the most consequence in the room, I cou...
    Frances Burney (1752-1840), British author. Evelina, in Evelina, letter 11 (1778).
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