The Coquette

The Coquette

General Richman Character Analysis

Mrs. Richman’s husband and Eliza Wharton’s friend. General Richman is the personification of wealth and high social standing, and his name confirms that he is indeed a rich man. The General’s marriage to Mrs. Richman is happy and successful, and it is the golden standard Eliza is expected to follow.

General Richman Quotes in The Coquette

The The Coquette quotes below are all either spoken by General Richman or refer to General Richman. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Publications edition of The Coquette published in 2015.
Letter 9 Quotes

My friends were waiting for me in the parlor. They received me sociably, inquired after my health, my last evening’s entertainment, the company, &c. When, after a little pause, Mrs. Richman said, and how do you like Major Sanford, Eliza? Very well indeed, madam: I think him a finished gentleman. Will you, who are a connoisseur, allow him that title? No, my dear: in my opinion, he falls far below it; since he is deficient in one of the great essentials of the character, and that is, virtue. I am surprised, said I: but how has he incurred so severe a censure? By being a professed libertine; by having but too successfully practiced the arts of seduction; by triumphing in the destruction of innocence and the peace of families!

Page Number: 14
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General Richman Character Timeline in The Coquette

The timeline below shows where the character General Richman appears in The Coquette. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Letter II. to the same.
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“My friends, here, are the picture of conjugal felicity,” Eliza writes of General and Mrs. Richman. Eliza is having a wonderful time in New Haven, and she can... (full context)
Letter IV. to Mr. Selby.
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...pure, and he expects to soon “settle in an eligible situation.” She is staying at General Richman’s, and he and his wife, Mrs. Richman, are “warm in her praises” but claim... (full context)
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...subject “she seems studiously to avoid,” but he plans to speak of it soon. The General and Mrs. Richman have invited him to visit today, “as if by accident,” and when... (full context)
Letter VI. to the same.
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...not know but seems “sufficiently respectable.” She immediately accepted his invitation, but senses that the General and Mrs. Richman disapprove. When Eliza entered the parlor where the couple sat, they seemed... (full context)
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The General and Mrs. Richman are a “happy pair,” Eliza tells Lucy, and if it is ever... (full context)
Letter VII. to Mr. Selby.
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...him “dashed with the bitter rankings of jealousy and suspicion.” When Boyer went to the General and Mrs. Richman’s for his “accidental” visit with Eliza, he found Major Sanford waiting on... (full context)
Letter IX. to Miss Lucy Freeman.
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...sure he will be arriving soon. Last night, when Eliza returned home, she found the General and Mrs. Richman waiting in the parlor. Mrs. Richman asked how Eliza liked Sanford, and... (full context)
Letter XXIII. to the Rev. J. Boyer.
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...Eliza is very lovely, but he senses “coquetry” in her airs. When Selby arrived at General Richman’s for dinner, Major Sanford was there as well as a Mr. Laurence and his... (full context)
Letter XXIV. to the Rev. J. Boyer.
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...his letter to Reverend Boyer and encloses a letter from Eliza. He had gone to General Richman’s around noon to retrieve Eliza’s letter, and was surprised to find her on horseback... (full context)
Letter XXXV. to Miss Eliza Wharton.
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General Richman writes Eliza at “Mrs. Richman’s request,” as she has just given birth to a... (full context)