ABSTRACT

Mrs Stanhope, 7 a well-bred woman, accomplished in that branch of knowledge, which is called the art of rising in the world, had, with but a small fortune, contrived to live in the highest company. She prided herself upon having established half a dozen nieces most happily, that is to say, upon having married them to men of fortunes far superior to their own. One niece still remained unmarried – Belinda Portman, 8 of whom she was determined / to get rid with all convenient expedition. Belinda was handsome, graceful, sprightly, and highly accomplished; her aunt had endeavoured to teach her, that a young lady’s chief business is to please in society, that all her charms and accomplishments should be invariably subservient to one grand object – the establishing herself in the world.