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ISBN13: 9780312362065
ISBN10: 0312362064
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1. What do you think about Caroline? What are her strengths and weaknesses, triumphs and defeats? Does she fit the mold of the contemporary female heroine or does she break that mold? How?

2. Captain Fortune is an imperfect man and one of the least appealing characters in the book, and yet Caroline cares for him. In what ways does Captain Fortune let Caroline down and in what ways, if any, does he provide support? How do his mistakes and disappointments influence Carolines choices for herself?

3. Is there truth to Stephens initial judgment of Caroline? Is his description of her correct? To what extent is Caroline implicated in the troubles that fall upon the Millner household?

4. Which of the three central female characters——Caroline, Isabella, or Fanny——do you relate to most strongly? Why?

5. Caroline is often blamed for the indiscretions of others. What

factors play into this?

6. Discrepancy between perception and reality is a central theme of Indiscretion, i.e., prejudicial judgment of Caroline. Can you think of other examples of this theme in the book?

7. Are the characters of Mrs. Caitling, Mr. and Miss Downey, and

Mr. Leabrook wholly unlikable? How are they affected by the same social and economic considerations as Caroline?

8. Stephen is initially adamant about his aversion to the institution of marriage. Discuss the marriages in the book with respect to how well they fulfill various functions: social, financial, spiritual, etc.

9. How does the relationship between Stephen and Caroline change throughout the course of the novel? In light of their occasional quarrels and antagonistic banter, how do they really feel about each other at the beginning? Do their feelings change as the novel progresses? If they do, what incidents account for the change in feelings?

10. Indiscretion is, in some ways, a debate about the principles of rationalism, represented by Lady Millner, or even Isabella, and those of Romanticism, represented by Fanny. Where does Caroline stand among these diverging principles?

11. How does the book discuss the shaky social, financial, and legal ground upon which women stood during this time period? Do you think this discussion is affected by the fact that the author is male? If so, how?

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Wendy, January 15, 2007 (view all comments by Wendy)
If you were heartbroken when you realized that Jane Austen had only written six novels, this book is for you. Unlike the many pallid "sequels" to Austen's work, however, Indiscretion is completely original, and explores a slightly wider world of characters than Austen considered: heroine Caroline Fortune has had an unconventional upbringing and knows far more curse words and hangover cures than a decent young lady should. Don't think this is a modern novel in fancy dress though--it feels utterly authentic. It's also fresh, funny and a delight to read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312362065
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Author:
Morgan, Jude
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Subject:
Women domestics
Subject:
Romance - Regency
Copyright:
Edition Description:
U.S.
Publication Date:
November 2006
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.859 in

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Product details 384 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312362065 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A clever, Jane Austen–like 19th-century English romance filled with parlor-room wit, Morgan's second novel (after Passion) follows the sharp-tongued and attractive Caroline Fortune as she's sucked into and spit out of a scheme cooked up by her father, Captain Fortune, to make them rich. The plan consists of installing Caroline as the companion (and potential heiress) to Sophia Catling, the wealthy and childless widow of one of the captain's old military chums. After arriving at Sophia's estate, Caroline finds Sophia to be a bitter hag whose nastiness only intensifies when Caroline receives a letter from an estranged aunt informing her that her father has died. Caroline leaves Sophia to live with her aunt's family at Wythorpe Manor, where she makes friends with the luminous Isabella Milner, who is preparing for her wedding to Richard Leabrook. Caroline soon realizes she's crossed paths with Isabella's intended and is torn between sparing Isabella's feelings or telling her about Richard's philandering ways. Caroline also attracts the attention of Isabella's brother, Stephen, a callous young man who enjoys trading barbs with her. Romances bloom and wilt in familiar fashions, but Morgan's colorful cast and sharp wordplay make the read a joy. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright © Reed Business Information)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A clever, Jane Austen — like 19th-century English romance filled with parlor-room wit, Morgan's second novel (after Passion) follows the sharp-tongued and attractive Caroline Fortune as she's sucked into and spit out of a scheme cooked up by her father, Captain Fortune, to make them rich. The plan consists of installing Caroline as the companion (and potential heiress) to Sophia Catling, the wealthy and childless widow of one of the captain's old military chums. After arriving at Sophia's estate, Caroline finds Sophia to be a bitter hag whose nastiness only intensifies when Caroline receives a letter from an estranged aunt informing her that her father has died. Caroline leaves Sophia to live with her aunt's family at Wythorpe Manor, where she makes friends with the luminous Isabella Milner, who is preparing for her wedding to Richard Leabrook. Caroline soon realizes she's crossed paths with Isabella's intended and is torn between sparing Isabella's feelings or telling her about Richard's philandering ways. Caroline also attracts the attention of Isabella's brother, Stephen, a callous young man who enjoys trading barbs with her. Romances bloom and wilt in familiar fashions, but Morgan's colorful cast and sharp wordplay make the read a joy." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[R]efreshingly original characters, an intriguing plot, and an elegantly ironic style that will appeal to even the most diehard Austen purists. Highly recommended."
"Review" by , "A story that, like its heroine, is entertaining and spirited, if a little too fond of the sound of its own voice."
"Review" by , "Picking up Indiscretion...is like being given a favorite assortment of candy: not many surprises...but you know you'll love every bite....Its aim is simply to be charming, and it succeeds admirably."
"Synopsis" by , When Caroline Fortune's father loses all they possess, she goes along with his scheme to set her up as the companion to a society woman. As she begins to attract the attentions of many so-called gentlemen, will Miss Fortune be able to keep from losing her head — or her reputation?
"Synopsis" by ,
When your father is a man of expensive tastes and schemes but very little money, you soon learn to make do. So when Captain Fortune, a well-meaning but profligate ex-soldier in Regency England, tells his daughter Caroline that they are ruined, she automatically starts seeking employment as a governess. Her father, however, has far grander designs for Miss Fortune....

Caro is to become the companion of Mrs. Catling, the rich, fierce widow of her father's old colonel. As Mrs. Catling amuses herself by tormenting her relatives and servants, Caro resolves to make the best of the situation, and soon her beauty and intelligence attract the attentions of male admirers.

Surrounded by people with an alarming readiness to reveal each other's confidences, Caroline is exasperated to find herself implicated in their indiscretions. But will Miss Fortune be able to avoid losing her reputation without losing her head? And will she find at least one good man amongst the genteel set who will take her side, and, indeed, her fancy?

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