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The Works of Aphra Behn Volume V   By: (1640-1689)

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THE WORKS

of

APHRA BEHN

Edited by MONTAGUE SUMMERS

VOL. V

The Black Lady The King of Bantam The Unfortunate Happy Lady The Fair Jilt Oroonoko Agnes de Castro The History of the Nun The Nun The Lucky Mistake The Unfortunate Bride The Dumb Virgin The Wandering Beauty The Unhappy Mistake

[Illustration: (Publisher's Device)]

LONDON: WILLIAM HEINEMANN STRATFORD ON AVON: A. H. BULLEN MCMXV

CONTENTS.

[See Transcriber's Note at beginning of text for handling of Notes and Appendix.]

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The Adventure of the Black Lady 1 The Court of the King of Bantam 11 The Unfortunate Happy Lady: A True History 35 The Fair Jilt 67 Oroonoko; or, The Royal Slave 125 Agnes De Castro 209 The History of the Nun; or, The Fair Vow Breaker 257 The Nun; or, The Perjur'd Beauty 325 The Lucky Mistake 349 The Unfortunate Bride; or, The Blind Lady a Beauty 399 The Dumb Virgin; or, The Force of Imagination 415 The Wandering Beauty 445 The Unhappy Mistake; or, The Impious Vow Punish'd 469 Appendix 507 Notes 513

THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLACK LADY .

About the Beginning of last June (as near as I can remember) Bellamora came to Town from Hampshire , and was obliged to lodge the first Night at the same Inn where the Stage Coach set up. The next Day she took Coach for Covent Garden , where she thought to find Madam Brightly , a Relation of hers, with whom she design'd to continue for about half a Year undiscover'd, if possible, by her Friends in the Country: and order'd therefore her Trunk, with her Clothes, and most of her Money and Jewels, to be brought after her to Madame Brightly's by a strange Porter, whom she spoke to in the Street as she was taking Coach; being utterly unacquainted with the neat Practices of this fine City... Continue reading book >>


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