Letitia Hall, "Threshold of a Century: the Diary of Louisa Adams Park, 1800-1801"

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She read poetry, but did not seem to care for it the way she did novels. She said she didn't like Book One of Pleasures of Imagination, and simply mentioned Seasons with no comment on whether she enjoyed it. She liked novels and wrote that she dreamed of them after she read them. In the novels she read, the virtuous suffered, but virtue itself always prevailed. Louisa's novel reading was an emotional experience for her, and the happy endings probably fed her own faith in a happy ending to her personal story. She wrote about one novel, "How it makes one cry... Caroline is a good girl and her Count is deserving of her."31

Louisa seemed to engage herself with the novels and they influenced her writing. Her descriptions of her dreams, particularly the romantic dreams of her husband, seem to have come from the pages of one of her stories. In Nature and Art, Louisa read of the estrangement of two brothers, and the grief of one when he learned that the other had left the country:


31. Park, Diary, January 4, 1801.
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