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Charlotte Temple is a story of Charlotte, a fifteen years old girl, the only child of two doting parents. Its is set in England where the first description is about how her parents meet and then the story bounces to the era where focus shifts on her present day life. It opens upon an unexpected encounter between the British Lieutenant Montraville and Charlotte Temple, a tall, elegant girl of 15. Montraville and Belcour, two officers in the British army, are about to be assigned to America. Montraville sets his mind on seducing Charlotte and succeeds with the help of Belcour and Mademoiselle La Rue, a teacher at the boarding school where Charlotte attends. The story progresses about her coming to America, getting pregnant, and her feelings what she goes through when Montraville loses interests in her. The worst is when Mademoiselle La Rue pretends not to even know her; her only well wisher is Mrs. Beauchamp who hopes that she might recover. Just as Charlotte is lying on her deathbed, her father arrives and Charlotte asks him to take care of her child. In the end, Montraville and Mademoiselle are left full of grief for their doings.
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Best part of story, including ending: It is a very tragic story about a girl who is seduced and then left by a man which leads to her becoming sick and finally to her death.I hated the fact that all the time people cry somewhere.

Opinion about the main character: I hated Montraville every second I spent reading this book.

The review of this Book prepared by Aastha Sethi a Level 2 American Robin scholar

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   marriage/relationship going to pieces Pregnancy/Child rearing    -   Yes Major part of story:    -   dealing with unexpected pregnancy Lover is    -   of a different social class

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen


The Americas (not US):    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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