and her women friends used letters to discuss the books which each was eagerly reading. Susan E. Whyman
writes that her letters disclose three passions: for her family (her children as they grew up...
Dinah Mulock Craik
The narrator is a male invalid named Phineas Fletcher, a descendent of the poet
(1582-1650) whose name he shares. He has an intense (at least on his side) homosocial relationship with the title character.