Sarah Scott: A Description of Millenium Hall

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Ntry mansion in which a community of women live virtuous and philanthropic lives Coincidentally one of the founders of this lovely place is his cousin who politely invites him and his annoying friend Lamont to stay for a few days and learn about the place It was fascinating to read a topia that appears emphatically pre Enlightenment in sensibility and grounded securely in Christianity ite different to Victorian novels like Erewhon The community depicted resembles a Protestant version of a convent that takes charity frugality and chastity very seriously The women who run it manage their wealth communally and se it to employ and support poor children the elderly and disabled people They establish what would now be termed social enterprises and offer young couples financial support to get married and set p a household Food education and healthcare are provided for all As the introduction written in 1985 asserts this compassion is presented in a manner that seems rather patronising and pious today As I read the text though I was conscious of two other ways of looking at this Firstly within the book itself this tone is one taken by women conversing politely with ninvited male guests who they very probably want to go away It reminded me of occasions in my twenties when I wanted a man to stop talking and leave so I talked in as boring and formal a manner as possible about the spatial planning system Perhaps I am projecting my 21st century sense of irony onto 18th century sincerity Nonetheless within the historical context women would obviously have to display nimpeachable Christian virtue in order to justify the radical step of refusing to get married Secondly the obligation to be suitably grateful that is placed pon those the women of Millenium Hall helped reminded me of how nder current grotesue wealth ineuality poor disabled and elderly people are expected to be just as grateful for basic subsistence The support depicted here seems accompanied by fewer conditions and less suspicion than social security benefits in the UK and US Not to mention the neoliberal theme that governments should be grateful that billionaires are willing to create precarious low paid jobs and workers should be grateful to have them In other words there is still a topian cast to the economics of Millenium Hall aside from the feminist elements It s a very pastoral preindustrial topia however in which cities are painted solely as sources of dissipation and vice The style of writing is of course very much of its time with long involved bouuets of subclauses I liked that others may not The edition I read as mentioned included a 35 year old introduction that left nmentioned what to me seemed like obvious subtext Consider this oteAs the ladies conduct in this particular was ncommon I could not forbear telling them that I was surprised to find so great encouragement given to matrimony by persons whose choice shewed them little inclined in its favourDoes it surprise you answered Mrs Morgan smiling to see people promote that in others which they themselves do not choose to practise We consider matrimony as absolutely necessary to the good of society it is a general duty but as according to all ancient tenures those obliged to perform knight s service might if they chose to enjoy their own firesides be excused by sending deputies to supply their places so we sing the same privilege substitute many others and certainly much promote wedlock than we could do by entering into it ourselves This may wear the appearance of some devout persons of a certain religion who eually indolent and timorous when they do not choose to say so many prayers as they think their duty pay other for supplying their deficiencies This is especially interesting in light of comments elsewhere in the book on how important it is for the higher classes to set a good example to each other and the lower classes by exemplary behaviour Of the four Millenium Hall ladies whose biographies are recounted Mrs Morgan is the only one who has actually been married She is blackmailed into a marriage she does not want and forced by her npleasant husband to cut ties with her beloved friend Miss Mancel because her husband doesn t want his wife to love anyone. M Hall first published in 1762 and generally thought to be the finest of her six novels The text may seem as the manifesto of the 'bluestocking' movement the protean feminism that arose nder eighteenth century gentry capitalism originating in 1750 largely nder the impetus of Scott's sister Eliza.

Loved the concept and I acknowledge the critical potential of the novel but it was interminable anecdote over anecdote riddled with moral tale Exhausting Perhaps it s because I m Programming in Objective C used to dealing with the poetry of the period and not its prose I liked the concept I tried to keep my perspective about when it was written but it didn t help my opinion of it The language was heavy not in ase of big words way but in it s feeling There were some lovely passages but most of it was a drag The thing is I can t lay that on the time period itself because I ve read other books from the era that were enjoyable This was a lot like listening to a sermon Maybe not a Catholic sermon like a Protestant one but probably not a very liberal one Actual Rating 255I ve read this bookand I still can t tell you what its truly about I ve never been so confused reading a book before From what I can gather it seems these two gentleman find themselves in a women s sanctuary I can t really think of any other name for it honestly All the women have either lost their husbands or fallen on Beyond Band of Brothers unfortunate times and through mutual friends have found Millennium Hall The novel is comprised of essentially the histories of some of the founding women of this place How they came to find themselves either in possession of or in need of Millennium Hall and I can t explain than thatI can see how it fits into a Utopian genre but my god it was dull There were that many women that I couldn tite remember who was who or if one lady was referred to The Water Of Life using multiple namesResearch will be done to fully wrap my head around this one I m at a loss at the momentwwwa novel ideacouk It s hard to describe this book as it comes on the heels of reading other 18th century reading but it is interesting that women at that time were so subjugated that their response to their condition is to fantasize about a society that is all women That this would be an ideal way to live a femaletopia I wonder how much has changed for women in the world DNFI ve given The Year of Living Biblically up I honestly haven t even thought about the book in 2 months and I know what happens at the end Nothing eventful is supposed to happen in the rest of the book and it was hard enough getting through the first part I think I read between 12 23 of the book I m done XD a really interesting read Scott creates an entire community of what appear to be female Utopias existing outside of the world of men and public society of course from a critical view this text is a lot than just these female Utopias and the commentary that it is making on sentimental society s relationship with women is very interesting Forni module reading the body in eighteenth century literatureThis novel focuses on Millenium Hall a school like residence and a vision of female topia and euality This was an interesting concept to read about and I enjoyed that we got to hear the origin of multiple of the female residentsHowever I thought the male narration was problematic and didn t enjoy the invasion of the men into the female sphere who made it their duty to report what they had found and the world the women had built for themselves I really enjoyed this early take on a feminist society Although steeped in religious virtue the women who are running the house offer an interesting look on what freedom looks like for women who are able to withdraw from the rest of society I found a copy of Millenium Hall in a library sale for 50p I hadn t previously heard of it or so I thought and was intrigued by concept of an 18th century feminist topia Then I noticed the poor average rating on goodreads of 28 so didn t actually read it ntil libraries had been closed for four months It s hard for me to predict what I ll enjoy reading at the moment as my brain is emphatically not thriving In this case I got lucky and found Millenium Hall much fun than expected I appreciated the gently subversive se of a familiar framing mechanism for For the Love of All Thats Holy, Dont Buy a Boat When Venus is in Retrograde utopian literature By chance a man and his annoying friend in this case stumblespon an alternative community and is given a tour and detailed explanation of it He then repeats this in letter form to somebody else In this specific instance our interloper gets into a carriage accident and discovers a bucolic cou. In 1750 at the age of twenty seven Sarah Scott published her first novel a conventional romance A year later she left her husband after only a few months of marriage and devoted herself thereafter to writing and to promoting female communities This revolutionary concept was given flesh in Milleniu.

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Than him Once he s on his deathbed the two reunite and after his death live happily together at Millenium Hall Lady Mary Jones and Miss Selvyn likewise prefer the company of their female friends This might all be romantic friendship but they could also be a happy commune of lesbians I was nsurprised to find discussion of Millenium Hall in chapter 4 of Surpassing the Love of Men Romantic Friendship and Love Between Women from the Renaissance to the Present when I checked Indeed it is cited as the most complete fictional blueprint for conducting a romantic friendship So I have come across mention of it before but didn t remember as I read Faderman s book back in 2014Either way I enjoyed the fact that Millenium Hall is essentially a lecture by a woman to men about the superior moral virtue and financial management of women without men Given some of the boneheaded emails I ve received recently from male colleagues there was something vindicating about this high tone It is also notable that the narrator and Lamont actually listen with only brief interruptions The message that solidarity between women across social classes and generations is essential as men cannot be relied pon retains relevance today Despite all the trappings of virtue duty and Christian worship the Millenium Hall community still has a certain appeal as its founders navigate Georgian womanhood in The Penguin Atlas of Endangered Species uietly radical ways This is an interesting novel published in 1762 It isn t easy to read because it has that irritating eighteenth century habit of needing to be didactic and morally improving It was written by Sarah Scott and describes a female run and populated community run on what might be described astopian lines Sarah Scott was a well educated woman from a good family Her sister Elizabeth Montagu is better known for setting The Bartender up a female literary salon which became known as the Blue Stocking Society Sarah Scott was married in 1751 This was short lived and her family removed her from the marital home in 1752 She then lived with Lady Barbara Montagu where they pooled their resources and became active in helping the poor Scott wrote primarily to provide an income writing several novels and some histories Millennium Hall is partially based on her life with Barbara Montagu The novel revolves around a community of women who hold their goods and income in common and whose primary pastime is education Two gentlemen are touring the area in East Anglia and as one is distantly related to one of the women they visit They are given various guided tours and hear the histories of several of the women who reside there and how they came to move to the community There are educational pastimes music education for local children work for those with disabilities local industrial enterprises charities and much There is no challenge to society s structures There is help and work for the poor andnderprivileged but according to their station There is education for all children but the lower orders are directed to appropriate manual work However there is an interesting approach to disability Those who are disabled are educated and there is a rehabilitative element to the approach and it is emphasized that they should be treated with respect and care and if they are they will contribute to society It is also remarkable in that it welcomes older age and deformity in women as positives and bringing benefitsRunning through the novel is an element of divine providenceretribution which is active in favour of the women in the history A striking example is in the history of one of the women where a man about to commit an act of rape has a stroke and is dies This illustrates the nature of the men in the novel Most of them are Tono Bungay unscrupulous self centred sexually predatory and generallynpleasant There are some notable exceptions but they tend to be older having learnt from life There is a redemptive element and for the two men visiting the community it is mediated through the community itself This novel has been rediscovered in this century but is still little known and read Admittedly it is not an easy read being couched in the sort of language Magical Sweet Mermaid used in novels like Clarissa and there is an irritating piety present But it is striking andite revolutionar. Beth Montagu and that rejected a world with early feminists saw symbolized in the black silk stockings demanded by formal society It is a comment on Western society as well as on the strengths of Scott's novel that the message of Millenium Hall continues to resonate strongly than two centuries lat.

Librarian Note There is than one author by this name in the Goodreads databaseSarah Scott née Robinson 21 September 1720 – 3 November 17951 was an English novelist translator and social reformer Her father Matthew Robinson and her mother Elizabeth Robinson were both from distinguished families and Sarah was one of nine children who survived to adulthood Although born in Yorks