Sarah Scott: A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent (1602 words)


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Sarah Scott’s A Description of Millenium Hall (1762) is a novel that describes an ideal society set up by a group of gentry-class women. The anonymous narrator is a gentleman travelling with a younger, rakish companion named Lamont; when their carriage breaks down, they seek assistance in a nearby “hospitable mansion” (Scott 58) that the narrator subsequently dubs “Millenium Hall” in allusion to its status as an earthly paradise, saying that he “avoid[s] giving the real name, fearing to offend that modesty which has induced [the inhabitants] to conceal their virtues in retirement” (53). Millenium Hall is an all-female, utopian sanctuary. The ladies who reside there are pious paragons, …

Citation: Seager, Nicholas. "A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 November 2016 [, accessed 28 October 2020.]

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