circle, for example, made no objcctions at all, while Mr. Crisp and Dr. Burney did not care for them. Some objections to the character of Captain Mirvan came from naval officers, such as Admiral Byron and Lord Mulgrave. The Monthty Review after strongly recommending the novel, said:
'Trom this commendation we must, however, except the character of a son of Neptune, whose manners are rather those of a rough, uneducated country squire than those of a genuine sea-captain."1
But Fanny protested that all naval officers were of that type, and we must allow her some authority as she herself had a sailor-brother who certainly was not worse than the rest of his dass, for he was greatly liked by his many friends. She writes in her diary: "However, I have this to comfort me — that the more I see of sea-captains, the less reason I have to be ashamed of Captain Mirvan; for they have all so irresistible a propensity to wanton mischief — to roasting beaus, and detesting old women, that I quite rejoice I showed the book to no one ere printed, lest I should have been prevailed upon to sof ten his character." * If we consider Fanny Burney in the light of her time, a few coarse scènes in Evelina do not seem sufficiënt reason to deny her a tenderness of heart, whkh is obvious not only in her other writings, but also in the more tender parts of Evelina itself.
Besides her kindness of heart it was also her respect for age which made Evelina polite and obedient to Madame Duval. This feeling she showed to all people considerably older than herself, but in the case of Madame Duval it was also her duty as a granddaughter, which she feit strongly. In the same way, though here mixed with tender love, she had a feeling of révérence and duty for her adopted father Mr. Villars. And even her own profligate father, who had behaved so infamously towards her mother and herself.
1 Monthly Review, April 1778.
* Diary and Letters, spring 1780, written at Bath.