The Amelia Alderson Opie Archive
1818 New Tales
European Magazine, 74 (Aug. 1818): 153.


IT is always with feelings of satisfaction and self-felicitation that we examine a new production of this amiable and attractive writer.  On the present occasion, we are particularly gratified to observe, that Mrs. Opie has resumed that appropriate, and therefore exquisitely-becoming, dress in which she first captivated our youthful fancy, and for ever established her ascendancy over our sympathies and affections.  We prefer her Tales, not only because they are more acceptable to our taste, but because we have an internal conviction that they must be infinitely more pleasing to the author, whom we can imagine engaged in their composition as a delightful pastime, and even beguiling her solitary labours with an artless song.  Some of the stories in the present volumes have a serious character, and inculcate excellent moral principles; such is -- Mrs. Arlington – White Lies.  There are others, and perhaps we entertain for these a too partial fondness, in which our author seeks to touch the feelings and captivate the imagination: to this class belong, the Proposals of Marriage – Henry Woodville – the Welcome Home – and, above all, the Ruffian Boy, a tale founded in fact, which excites intense interest, and almost painfully agitates the feelings.  The Confessions of an Odd-tempered Man, though not didactic, are highly instructive.  We wish we could consider it a fancy sketch; but experience compels us to confess, that there is no less truth than talent in the portraiture.

[quotes from “The Confessions of An Odd-Tempered Man”]


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