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"A Consolation under Every Affliction": Marriage, Duty, and Sentiment in Sarah Scott's The Test of Filial Duty

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In an epistolary novel, however, a sympathetic audience takes the place of a censorious government. [...] the two heroines expose their most private feelings in a most public medium.8 But only when writing to Charlotte - and, by extension, to the novel's audience - does Emilia find relief from the relentless scrutiny to which she is otherwise subjected.

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