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Mrs Behn came to prose fiction from the heroic drama, and in essence the story of
Oroonoko is that of heroic drama, the story of ill-fated lovers ever-faithful
maintaining themselves even in death on a plane of almost impossible nobility.
Oroonoko was, in fact, a cunning adaptation of romance as Con- greve describes
it in his prefatory letter to his own work of prose fiction Incognita. 'Romances', he
says, 'are generally composed of the Constant Loves and invincible Courages ...
Ordeal of Richard Feverel, The, 208, 237-8 Ornatus and Artesia, 23 Oroonoko, 31
-3 Osbourne, Lloyd, 270 Our Mutual Friend, 161, 162, 164, 165-6, 198 Our
Pillage, 140 Pain, Barry, 286 Pamela, 22, 29, 40, 41-3, 48, 49, 50 Passage to
India, A, ...
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