Related Topics

The French Lieutenant's Woman - Study Guide Chapters 1-7 Summary & Analysis

This Study Guide consists of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The French Lieutenant's Woman.
This section contains 473 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The French Lieutenant's Woman Study Guide

The French Lieutenant's Woman is John Fowles' novel of love and betrayal in 1867 England. The author writes for Victorian mores of the time while, interjecting modern inventions and ideologies to act as anachronisms throughout. Fowles also uses the interesting technique of positioning himself both as narrator and as occasional character in the story.

The story begins in March 1867, as Charles Smithson and his fiancye, Ernestina Freeman, walk along an embankment called The Cobb arching into Lyme Bay in southwestern England. The narrator notes that Charles and Ernestina are dressed fashionably for the time in contrast to the dark figure of a woman leaning against a cannon staring out to sea.

As Charles and Ernestina walk back toward the village of Lyme Regis, Ernestina informs Charles that the solitary woman had fallen in love with a French sailor who later abandoned her. Ernestina says that the...

(read more from the Chapters 1-7 Summary)

This section contains 473 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The French Lieutenant's Woman Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
The French Lieutenant's Woman from BookRags. (c)2014 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.