deter you from the exertion of your duty according to the fullest sense of it that Nature has implanted in your mind. Though gentleness and modesty are the peculiar attributes of your sex, yet fortitude and firmness, when occasion demands them, are virtues as noble and as becoming in women as in men: the right line of conduct is the same for both sexes, though the manner in which it is pursued may somewhat vary, and be accomodated to the strength or weakness Of the different travellers." 1
The demure Evelina had a great deal to criticize in the people she met in society, though she did not show it. Coxcombs like Mr. Lovel made good sport for her and she took a delight in describing their affectations. Even persons of rank like Lady Louisa Larpent were not safe from her, and, especially when they behaved in a manner which did not agree with Evelina's opinion on propriety, they were severely criticized. Her behaviour towards Sir Clement Willoughby was very dignified and when he became offensive she even conquered her timidity so far as to act with spirit. Evelina was a warm friend. She feit a sincere friendship for Mrs. Mirvan and especially for her daughter Maria. When, after a long absence, she suddenly heard of Maria's being near, she ran to meet her and arranged to continue the journey with Maria, leaving her beloved Lord Orville to Captain Mirvan.2 In this Evelina again greatly resembles Fanny Burney, that is to say the spontaneous Fanny, as she really was, not influenced by the advice of others or by prudish considerations of her own.* Spontaneity accounts to a large extent for the charm of Fanny's first novel.
Though Evelina did not actually speak about religion in her letters, we gather from her whole attitude towards life
1 Op. cit. Letter L.
* Op. cit. Letter LXXXIII.
* Cf. her behaviour towards Madame de Staël and Madame de Genlis. Diary and Letters 1793 and August 1786.