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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle Preface Summary
An Important Warning The preface to the novel, entitled "An Important Warning," is an introduction to the novel written by an adult version of Charlotte Doyle. Charlotte warns the reader that her tale is not a conventional one. Among other things, she's "accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty" (preface.1). Looking back on her life, the adult Charlotte sets the scene for the tale that will follow. The Following Are Things Adult Charlotte Wants You to Know: The year of young Charlotte's voyage was 1832, and she was a happy girl who wanted nothing more than to be a lady. Though she's American by birth, Charlotte grew up in England from the ages of six to thirteen. Charlotte's father was a cotton manufacturer working in England for an American company. Charlotte's father had been summoned to America and returned to the family's home in Providence, Rhode Island, along with his wife and Charlotte's younger brother and sister. Charlotte stayed behind in England to finish her school term at Barrington School for Better Girls, run by Miss Weed. Charlotte's parents made arrangements for her to return to America on a separate ship. All of this was done with the utmost judgment and planning. The voyage of one or two months was to occur during the summer months so that Charlotte wouldn't miss school. The ship's captain was reputable and known for his quick passages across the ocean. The ship also happened to be owned by Charlotte's father's firm, and she was to travel with two families who were to act as her guardians during the voyage. Given the precautions taken by her parents, Charlotte looked forward to the trip as an exciting vacation. Charlotte's father gave her a blank journal in which to record her journey. Her father thought this exercise would be educational. He promised to read and comment on the journal at the end her trip.
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