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The Tory Montreal Gazette responded vigorously to these charges, arguing that "to hold ENGLAND to account for a dispensation of PROVIDENCE could enter only into the heads of madmen or of brainless witlings.
Given the nature of much late eighteenth-century literature from Frances Burney's The Witlings to Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, it is not surprising that most readings of Sheridan's play find their resolution in the domestic portions of the plot--those elements that formally repudiate the public sphere and its addiction to gossip, slander, and aggressive competition.
Mr Dabler in The Witlings (1779), a satirical play on the bluestockings by Fanny Burney, is the prototype of Swift's 'jaunty scribbler'.
Justice, "Suppression and censorship in late manuscript culture: Frances Burney's unperformed The Witlings.
has long been the sneering remark among ignorant witlings, of both sexes," the Ladies Magazine observed ("Authoress" 30).
in their own language, is not quite as valuable as the enthusiastic raptures of a certain class of witlings, whom she herself cannot seriously esteem.
In response, Burney did write a comedy likely to succeed, The Witlings, only to have her ambitions crushed when she submitted it for approval to her two 'Daddies', Charles Burney and Samuel Crisp, who instead advised its suppression.
The Roving Park Players will hold auditions in early November for "The Witlings," a funny, satirical play about 18th century upper-class English life written by early female novelist Frances "Fanny" Burney.
Describing how Frances Burney's The Witlings stages an alliance between shopping's commercial space and the "counter-public" realm of debate and female publicity, Lynch rejects the Habermasian narrative "in which commercialization represents the sad, feminized sequel to public sphere conversation" (214).
Those half-learn'd witlings, num'rous in our isle, As half-form' d insects on the banks of Nile; Unfinish'd things, one knows not what to call, Their generation's so equivocal.
Rogers quotes an entry in the Diary, written when Burney was an old woman, in which she recognized that 'the fear of doing Wrong has been always the leading principle of my internal guidance', and, together with the well-known instances of self-denial--the suppression of The Witlings, Burney's best and most irreverent play, and the wasted years in which the writer gratified her father by stifling as a courtier--she unearths, in fascinating detail, many other examples of the way in which Burney's need to be 'good' was reflected as both strengths and weaknesses in her fictional accounts of 'female difficulties'.
The 2015 season opens with Fanny Burney's "The Witlings," an indoor run Feb.