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Fantomina by Eliza Haywood Questions and Answers Marks 2

Fantomina by Eliza Haywood Questions and Answers Marks 2

1. Who is the author of Fantomina?[Fantomina by Eliza Haywood ]

Fantománd, or Love in a Maze is a novel written by Eliza Haywood published in 1725.

2. Where does the first scene of the novel takes place?

. The first scene of the novel Fantomina takes place at a playhouse.

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3. Where Fantomina is sitting at the opening situation of the novel?

Fantomina is seen sitting in a box, or a private compartment at the novel’s opening scene.

4. What attributes are noted by the narrator about Fantomina?

The narrator initially notes Fantomina’s birth, beauty, wit and spirit.

5. Who is the protagonist of the novel?

The protagonist in the novel is Fantomina who disguises herself as four different women in her efforts to understand how a man may interact with each individual persona.

 

7. What is easily determined about the woman who becomes Fantomina’s Interest in the first scene?

That the woman who Fantomina becomes interested in is a prostitute.

8. Why Fantomina is more innocent than many of the other women around her?

The narrator says in the opening scene that Fantomina is more innocent than many of the other women around her because she has grown up in the country and not spent much time in an urban environment.

9. What is the complete title of the novel Fantomina?

The novel’s full title is Fantomina. or, Love in a Maze: Being a Secret History of an Amour Between Two Persons of Condition.

10. What idea occurs to Fantomina after she sees the woman-prostitute?

After observing the woman who caught her attention in the first scene of the that she wants to dress up like a prostitute.

 

11. What, according to the narrator, Fantomina’s motivation for dressing up like a prostitute?

The narrator thinks this to be Fantomina’s innocent curiosity.

12. What are the circumstances that might have created an obstacle to Fantomina’s plan?

According to the narrator, someone living in the city who is responsible for Fantomina’s behaviour and to whom she is accountable might have created an obstacle in such a plan of dressing up like a prostitute for Fantomina. But such a person does not exist in Fantomina’s case.

13. In Eliza Haywood’s Fantomina, what is the heroine’s “true” name?

She is never named.

 

14. When does Fantomina reappear after putting her plan into action?

Fantomina reappears the next night after putting her plan of dressing like a prostitute into action.

15. How has Fantomina ensured that she will not be recognized?

Fantomina, in order to be ensured that she will not be recognized while implementing her plan of acting like a prostitute, covers her face with a cloth or fabric.

16. How differently she was treated when she returned in disguise?

When Fantomina returns in disguise, she receives a lot of attention and compliments from men.

17. What are the blinding agents in Fantomina?

In Fantomina, curiosity and desire are blinding agents, constricting one’s views to ignore societal norms, morality, and reality, all in the pursuit of one’s selfish gain.

18. Who is the man whom Fantomina finds attracted to on the first night?

Fantomina finds herself drawn to Beauplaisir on the first night she appears in disguise.

19. How was she acquainted with Beauplaisir previously?

Fantomina had previous interactions with Beauplaisir as she has met him before and felt attracted to him,

20. Whom does Beauplaisir thinks Fantomina is resembling?

Beauplaisir thinks that Fantomina resembles her true self.

21. How does curiosity develop into blinding desire in the characters?

Initiated by curiosity, Fantomina develops a longing desire for Beauplaisir that in turn blinds her from acting in a moral fashion or in a way pleasing to her society After the original curiosity that Fantomina pursues, the desire that she acquires for Beauplaisir leads her to committing an act of disgrace. Furthermore, the blinding effect that desire has on Fantomina is evident in that it disappears once her desire leaves her or when she is forced to face reality. Similarly to Fantomina, Beauplaisir is blinded by desire due to the fact that he cannot differentiate Fantomina dressed as four different women. In addition to Beauplaisir’s reality being blinded by desire, his morality is also affected when he rapes Fantomina.

22. What does Beauplaisir notice about Fantomina as they begin to converse?

As they begin to converse, Beauplaisir notices that Fantomina is better educated and more refined than he would have expected.

 

23. What disturbs Fantomina after spending some time with Beauplaisir?

After Fantomina has spent some time talking with Beauplaisir , he expects her to go somewhere and have intimacy with him. This creates a problem for Fantomina.

24. How does Fantomina try to resolve this problem?

Pantomina considers about telling Beauplaisir who she truly is in order to resolve this problem.

25. How is the element of love used in the novel?

In Fantomina, the use of Love is similarly used strategically to convey a deeper meaning. Indeed, Love in Fantomina is mentioned exclusively in the first encounters between Beauplaisir and the different characters Fantomina acts out. This seems to suggest that in Fantomina, Love can only exist in that brief instant in the beginning of a romantic relationship, with false pretenses and a lack of complete understanding between the two participants.

26. What does Fantomina actually do in order to resolve the problem aroused between her and Beauplaisir?

Pantomina tells Beauplaisir that she has already has an engagement with another dient that night in order to resolve the problem between her and Beauplaisir.

27. What does Beauplaisir ask of her then?

Beauplaisir asks her to return to the same place the following night to meet with him.

28. Where does Beauplaisir go after both part ways?

Beauplaisir goes to the tavern after both he and Fantomina part ways. 29. How are love and truth linked in the novel?

The link between Love and Truth in Fantomina, is mainly expressed through love affairs with Beauplaisir. Her relations seem to last longer in a directly inverse proportion to the amount of truth she discloses, or indeed information.

30. How does Fnatomina make her way home after parting ways with Beauplaisir?

Fantomina makes her way home in a carried chair after parting ways with Beauplaisir.

31. What emotion does Fantomina experience as she thinks about the events of the first night?

As Fantomina thinks about the events of the first night, a strong desire to see Beauplaisir again occurs in her.

32. What does Fantomina do the next day?

Fantomina rents rooms in a house close to the theatre the next day.

33. When does the intrigue begin in the novel?

The intrigue in Fantomina begins at the Playhouse where Fantomina observes the men interacting with the sex worker.

 

34. What does Fantomina hope that her renting rooms near the theatre will achieve?

Fantomina hopes that by renting rooms close to the theatre will give her a place to bring Beauplaisir where she will have more agency and control.

35. When Fantomina and Beauplaisir meet for the second time what does he make clear?

When Fantomina and Beauplaisir meet for the second time, he makes the fact clear that he does not believe she is actually a prostitute.

36. What does Fantomina permit him to do on the second evening?

Fantomina returns the next night, having booked an apartment to invite Beauplaisir back to if the need arises, in order to protect her reputation. She takes Beauplaisir back to the apartment, and orders servants to serve them dinner.

37. How does Fantomina lose her virginity?

On the second night, the pair engage in amorous conversation over dinner, and Beauplaisir is eager to claim his sexual satisfaction. Fantomina is confused and scared, yet has gone too far to put him off another night or refuse him altogether. She is on the brink of telling Beauplaisir her real name and rank, when thoughts of the liberty she is currently taking advantage of stop her. Beauplaisir becomes so wild with desire that Fantomina begins to think that even if he were to learn of her genteel rank, it could not stop him. They have intercourse: Beauplaisir is ‘rapturous’ and Fantomina is ‘undone’, having lost her virginity and honor.

38. What does Beauplaisir offer her for her service?

Beauplaisir offers Fantomina all his estate to compensate for her services, yet she states that this cannot compensate for her loss of honor.

39. What does Fantomina lie to Beauplaisir about her identity?

She tells Beauplaisir that she is the daughter of a Country Gentleman, come to town to buy Cloth, and that her name is Fantomina.

 

40. What does Fantomina bribes the housekeeper for?

She bribes the Housekeeper to pretend that Fantomina constantly lodges there and is from the country. If Beauplaisir calls when she is at her true home, the Housekeeper is to lie, and say that she is currently out.

41. How does she focus on both her appearance as the Lady and as the Prostitute?

When moving through society, Fantomina uses her wit to foresee and prevent any situations that would mean her loss of reputation; however, she is helpless to the loss of her virtue. She meets with Beauplaisir at her rented apartment three or four times a week, but makes sure to never miss social engagements that she regularly attends as a Lady. When dressed as a prostitute, her resemblance to her Lady self keeps Beauplaisir interested.

 

42. Why cannot Beauplaisir believe the two persons to be same actually?

Beauplətsir does muse, at times, about whether the two could be the same person. However , the implausibility of finding a Lady in the company of prostitutes prevents his thoughts from moving forward.

43. Why does Beauplaisir want to go to Baths without Fantomina?

According to the predictable temperament of men, Beauplaisir grows bored of Fantomina’s charms. When the opportunity to move among the social spheres in Bath comes up, he makes excuses to go without her.

44. Why Fantomina resolves to go to Bath?

By this point, Fantomina claims she is in love with Beauplaisir, and would do anything to engage in intercourse with him again.

45. How does she go to Bath?

Fantomina makes excuses to her Aunt to go to Bath, and sets out with two Servants. She finds reason to quarrel with these servants on the road, and dismisses them, leaving herself to do as she pleases.

46. What is the disguised form of Fantomina at Bath?

She disguises herself as Celia, in a maid’s uniform, a broad country accent and a generally unrefined demeanor,

47, How does Beauplaisir behave with disguised Fantomina?

The disguised Fantomina takes up the post as a Maid in the house, cleaning the gentleman’s rooms and waiting on them. Aside from a bed-ridden gentleman with reumatism, Beauplaisir is the only gentleman lodger in the house. Despite the disguise, Fantomina is still exceptionally pretty. As she is cleaning Beauplaisir’s chambers, he notices, and encourages her to sit on his lap, asking her questions such as whether she had ever been in love. Before too long, he cannot control himself and he advances on to Fantomina’s ‘half-reluctant, half-yielding’ body. He pays her a large sum of gold, and bids her be there for him at bedtime.

48. How does Fantomina approach Beauplaisir for the third time?

Her new disguise is a widow’s dress, with hair tightly done up (she wore it loose as both Fantomina and Celia); she calls herself Widow Bloomer. She knew that Beauplaisir had come by himself in a chariot to Bath, and she is counting on him leaving in the same manner. Disguised as the widow, she places herself at an Inn, and then approaches his carriage when she sees him coming. She makes a tender speech about how she is the unhappiest of all women, having lost her most dear husband. She claims she will lose her savings if she does not get to London in time, and implores him to take her there.

49. How does Beauplaisir respond to receiving letters from both the widow and Fantomina? What was Fantomina’s reaction to it?

Fantomina writes two letters to Beauplaisir, one as Widow Bloomer and one as Fantomina. He replies to Mrs Bloomer with words of kindness and desire, vowing to see her soon. To Fantomina, he is affectionate yet more reserved. He claims he cannot see her the next day due to a business meeting.

Fantomina is ecstatic that her efforts to fool Beauplaisir have worked as a widow, but is enraged that he has betrayed Fantomina.

50. What is the difference in Beauplaisir’s behaviour when he meets the protagonist as both the widow and as Fantomina?

When Fantomina receives Beauplaisir the next day as Widow Bloomer, he is very enthusiastic. The day after, she receives him as Fantomina and his lack of interest is evident. Fantomina acknowledges, almost as if it is common knowledge, that Widow Bloomer is a more recent acquaintance, and therefore holds more interest.

51. Who is ‘Incognita’?

Realizing that Beauplaisir is growing tired of all her current disguises, Fantomina plots another plan. She goes to the park and employs two gentleman to act as her House staff. She then rents a large house for a week, paying upfront so as not to arouse suspicion. She then sends a letter in a foreign hand to Beauplaisir, posing as ‘Incognita’.

52. What was written in Incognita’s letter to Beauplaisir? What was his reply to it?

In the letter, Incognita compliments Beauplaisir’s charms and invites him round to her new house. She also comments that she must keep her face concealed from her visitor,

Beauplaisir replies, stating that he struggles to accept compliments from a woman based wholly on wit, and not on her appearance also. Yet, he agrees to come.

53. What happened at the masquerade?

At the masquerade, Fantomina dresses in a spectacular ball gown, but hides her face. Beauplaisir is utterly charmed by her in the evening. His impatience to see her face is calmed by his self-confidence that he will eventually see it once intercourse starts. The amorous man declares his undying passion for Incognita and suggests they go to bed together. He is certain that she will not lie in her mask, and that the light of the morning will reveal her identity. They share a night of passion, and he eagerly awaits the morning. When it does arrive, he is confused as to why it is still dark. Fantomina has arranged blackout blinds to be placed on the windows so he does not see her, and she flees the room before he can protest.

54. Why was her mother worried? Why was her social appearances restricted?

Her Mother unexpectedly arrives. She has heard nothing of Fantomina’s pursuits. Even so, Fantomina is now restricted in her social freedom. Yet this is the least of her worries: it is revealed that she is pregnant with Beauplaisir’s child.

55. How was Fantomina treated during her pregnancy period?

Her plan is to eat little and wear huge-hooped petticoats to cover the size of her stomach, until she can be sent to the country to have the baby in secret. She attends a ball as a goodbye from society, and it is here that she goes into labor.

56. What was Beauplaisir’s reaction at getting the news of his child?

When Fantomina has labor pain, her mother demands to know the Father of her child. Fantomina tells her Beauplaisir’s name. He is fetched, and does not recognize the Lady as any woman he has laid with. He begs her to admit that she is framing him, and that it is not his child.

57. What does Fantomina’s mother eventually tell Beauplaisir?

Fantomina’s mother eventually tells Beauplaisir that this was a ploy to get him to marry her and save her honor, that it is her own fault, and that he owes nothing to her or the child.

58. What does Beauplaisir offer?

Beauplaisir offers to make sure the child is in safe hands if it is discharged to him, but this offer is rejected.

59. Was Beauplaisir allowed to look after Fantomina?

Beauplaisir is extremely confused, and continues to visit to inquire of Fantomina’s health until he is asked to stop.

60. What happened to Fantomina finally?

Once Fantomina is strong enough, her mother sends her to a French monastery.

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