"But, in order to place this momentous Affair in a true Light, 'tis necessary to go back a little, and acquaint the Reader with what had passed in the Apartment; and also, following the Custom of the Romance and novel-Writers, in the Heart, of our Heroine"
— Lennox, née Ramsay, (Barbara) Charlotte (1730/1?-1804)
No sooner were her fair Eyes open in the Morning, than the unfortunate Sir George presenting himself to her Imagination, her Thoughts, to use Scudery's Phrase, were at cruel War at each other: She wished to prevent the Death of this obsequious Lover; but she could not resolve to preserve his Life, by giving him that Hope he required; and without which, she feared, it would be impossible for him to live.
Reading The Female Quixote. World's Classics. Ed. Margaret Dalziel. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.