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1801 The Father and Daughter
Monthly Magazine, 12 (1802): 584.


'The Father and Daughter, 5s.'

The pleasures of melancholy are suited only to minds of uncommon susceptibility, to those who have a sympathetic taste for distress; and from such readers this tale of woe will meet with peculiar acceptance. It is replete with interest, and possesses pathos enough to affect the heart of the most callous reader. So tragic is the story and the catastrophe, that one is glad to seek consolation in disturbing the illusion of the narrative, in recollecting that it is not fact but fiction, and in rushing, like the remorseful, to incredulity for relief. The tendency of this novel is not merely harmless - it is moral. Some poems are appended.


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