* The novel is introduced as an autobiography of a woman that has been edited to conceal her identity and modify some of her behavior.
* Great stress is placed on the moral of the story as justifying the shadier parts of the tale.
* The degree to which the story appears lewd or offensive, the editor says, depends on the reader and not the subject.
* The editor points out that the story has many delightful turns as she describes the folly of her wickedness.
* A sub topic of the novel includes the life of the many faceted governess who indulged in all sorts of illegality and ended up a true penitent.
* The editor points out that an agreeable life happens for the woman in Maryland and Virginia that it is not told with the same elegancy as other parts.
* The story begins with an explanation as to...
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