In this volume: Oroonoko: (1688) When Prince Oroonoko’s passion for the virtuous Imoinda arouses the jealousy of his grandfather, the lovers are cast into slavery and transported from Africa to the colony of Surinam. Oroonoko’s noble bearing soon wins the respect of his English captors, but will his struggle for freedom bring about his destruction? The Fair Jilt: (1688) When an attempted seduction of a man fails, young Miranda accuses him of rape. Now set on a course to destruction, she ruins the life of a prince, preys on the mind of her sister in order to get her money and begins to contemplate murder…The History Of The Nun: A devout young girl has taken her vows as a nun. Yet she is in love and she breaks her vows to leave the monastery to be with him, to live in…some lonely cottage, far from the noise of the crowded, busy cities…to walk…in groves and silent shades…while wreaths of flowers crown our happy heads…If only the ending could have been so…The Adventure Of The Black Lady (1684): Bellamora leaves her Hampshire home on a pretext to go to London. She hopes to find her cousin there, and her adventure starts when she finds her cousin no longer lives at the address she gave to Bellamora. She meets people from all walks of life and of all moral levels and has a great many adventures. The Court Of The King Of Bantam (1698): The haughty and extravagant man who Wou’d be King is deliberately invited to Sir Philip Friendly’s social gatherings to be fleeced and laughed at, as he is rich and believes he will one day become what his surname implies. This is Behn at her most ironic. The Nun: (1688) Isabella’s reputation for virtuousness and religious devotion ironically becomes her motivation for… murder. The Unfortunate Bride: A young lady named Belvira and her blind cousin, Celesia are dear friends and confidants – and both long for Frankwit, a handsome and virtuous gentleman.
Oroonoko And Other Stories: Aphra Behn
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