Silence Dogood essay 2: "Sir, Histories of Lives are seldom entertaining ..."
The second Silence Dogood essay continues Franklin's fictional autobiography of the Widow Dogood and gives an account of her reaction to the minister's marriage proposal--she burst out laughing, then apologized, and upon reflection, accepted. The essay, appearing in the 9-16 April 1722 issue of The New-England Courant, summarizes her seven-year marriage (ending with the death of the minister) and acknowledges her current status as a widow who has time for conversations and a desire to share her politics. Not surprisingly, Silence Dogood's politics were much like those of the Franklin brothers: she was "a mortal Enemy to arbitrary Government and Unlimited power." The essay gives evidence of her character's outspoken nature:
I have likewise a natural Inclination to observe and reprove the Faults of others, at which I have an excellent Faculty. I speak of this by Way of a Warning to all such whose Offences shall come under my Cognizance ... .
To examine the entire newspaper, please see the online display of The New-England Courant, Number 37, 9-16 April 1722.
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