The Coquette

The Coquette


Hannah Webster Foster

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Mr. Sumner Character Analysis

Lucy’s husband. Lucy and Mr. Sumner are married near the middle of the book, but very little is ever said about him except that he and Lucy are “a charming couple” and exceedingly happy due to a “similarity of tastes” and “consonance of their dispositions.” Through Mr. Sumner’s happy and successful marriage to Lucy, Foster seems to imply that marriage is most successful when between two people of similar personality and social class.
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Mr. Sumner Character Timeline in The Coquette

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Sumner appears in The Coquette. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Letter LXIII. to Miss Eliza Wharton.
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...tells Eliza about the time Lucy refused to date a reformed rake before she married Mr. Sumner . Lucy knew that a rake can never truly be reformed and doubted his virtue.... (full context)