point out that, just at present at least, the two sexes have temporarily changed hands as to the work they are doing in fiction.
Will the new distribution of parts be permanent Very likely not. It is extremely probable that this, like many other things attributed to sex, is really a matter of individuality alone, or of temporary fashion.
What confirms this is the fact that still earlier women novelists wrote the novel of adventure, as their successors are again doing.
There lies before me one of the vast folio romances of Mlle
Scuderi, published, like most of hers, under her brother's name, and translated into English by Henry Cogan
It is in four parts, each divided into five books, and each book as long as half the novels of these degenerate days.
The most “lonely and athletic student,” to adopt Emerson
's phrase as to the readers of Swedenborg
, could now hardly get through two successive books of it; yet such colossal romances were read with delight by our ancestors and ancestresses, even on this side of the water, though doubtless somewhat surreptitiously in the Puritan
The plot flows as languidly as a Dutch river, and is as much distributed and subdivided by artificial dams and placid inundations; yet it is a woman's book; and the plots of Mlle
Scuderi's stories were sufficiently exciting, at any rate, to cause the arrest and imprisonment of the lady and