By this point, Fantomina claims she is in love with Beauplaisir, and would do anything to engage in intercourse with him again. Fantomina makes excuses to her. Love as sentiment and love as a sexual response are two sides of the same coin. Both are intertwined in Eliza Haywood complex relationship. Eliza Haywood begins this turbulent tale with a charming first sentence: “Nothing is so generally coveted by Womankind, as to be accounted Beautiful; yet.

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Love as sentiment and love as a sexual response are two sides of the same coin. Both are intertwined in Eliza Lovw complex relationship between a Lady and a man called Beauplaisir. The unnaming of the Lady and the provocative name of the man, translated as Goodpleasure, project from the start the unequivocal reconnaissance of Love as it emerges from two different sides and is conveyed from two points of view.

Bloomer a more mature widow characteras Incognita the one who is not to be known and as herself to the end unnamed. Love expresses itself differently as the Lady changes roles and so does she. The one important societal condition to the Lady is the respect of her family name.

Fantomina; or, Love in a Maze

Thus, not divulging her identity all the time, prompts her to wear a mask and darken her bedroom when she is Incognita and to change clothes and manners when she becomes Celia and Mrs.


In an almost pervert way, she dupes and micro-manages the very man mzze says she loves. She not only controls her feelings but also his. What the Lady fails to control is the very sexual act she reproaches Beauplaisirthat she longs for with him and that she looks upon as conquest.

Beauplaisir, from the start, shows his true self, ready for sexual pleasures. He is free spirited, controlling and brute as he encounters her as the prostitute figure.

The complexity of Love in Fantomina: or, Love in a Maze by E. Haywood. « Women Writers,

He gets tired of Celia even faster than of Fantomina. Finally both become cold to one another when the Lady is Incognita. Beauplaisir learns her story but not her true identity. Love, or more appropriately the sexual relation, ends in procreation outside wedlock but as a socially unacceptable condition, the Lady and her child are removed from society, silenced. Beauplaisir tries to take responsibility to raise the child, as a father not as a husband, but pushed aside quickly by both mother and daughter, he vanishes confused.

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