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The burden of words in Women; or pour et contre
Christina Morin

have shared this belief in the need for evangelising proselytism. Indeed, in comparison to Eva’s gentle nurturing of her students with the Bible, the strident evangelising efforts of Mr Wentworth and his friends are denounced as subversive rather than unifying, and their characteristic ‘enthusiasm’ condemned as socially and politically rebellious. For Maturin, this ‘enthusiasm’ – defined by Methodists

in Charles Robert Maturin and the haunting of Irish Romantic fiction