The Coquette

The Coquette

by

Hannah Webster Foster

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Mr. Laurence Character Analysis

Mrs. Laurence’s husband and Miss Laurence’s father. Mr. Laurence is a wealthy man, and he is of the upper class. He frequently visits the General and Mrs. Richman. He briefly considers Major Sanford, a man of style and wealth who is secretly broke, as a potential husband for his daughter.
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Mr. Laurence Character Timeline in The Coquette

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Laurence appears in The Coquette. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Letter X. to the same.
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...soon left, and Eliza dressed for an engagement with Mrs. Richman to dine at Mr. Laurence’s, a local gentleman of “fortune and fashion.” His daughter, Miss Laurence, is heiress to their... (full context)
Letter XI. to Mr. Charles Deighton.
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...had a nice visit. Eliza “intimated” that she and Mrs. Richman would be going to Laurence’s, and Sanford is “determined to follow them, and tease the jealous Mrs. Richman.” If Sanford... (full context)
Letter XVIII. to Mr. Charles Deighton.
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...“felt a glow of jealousy.” However, Sanford has “a plan of necessity” to marry Miss Laurence. Her father, Mr. Laurence, is “a man of large property” and she an only child.... (full context)
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While Sanford intends to marry Miss Laurence, he much prefers Eliza. “I know not the lady in the world with whom I... (full context)
Letter XXIII. to the Rev. J. Boyer.
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...arrived at General Richman’s for dinner, Major Sanford was there as well as a Mr. Laurence and his family. Sanford, it appears to Selby, is “a man of show and fashion.” (full context)
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...dinner conversation soon turned to politics. Mrs. Richman and Eliza readily joined in, but Mrs. Laurence claimed she “never meddled with politics; she thought they did not belong to ladies.” Miss... (full context)