Before her marriage, Tabitha Gilman's circle of friends included the younger Patty (or Martha) Rogers
. From at least April 1785 Patty was romantically involved with Samuel Tenney
(a former soldier in his late thirties...
With Charlotte Lennox
's The Female Quixote as starting-point, this story follows a novel-reading heroine whose response to events and people in actual life is distorted by what she reads. It seems quite likely that...