Karen Lipsedge


In his account of Richardson’s epistolary method, Francis Jeffrey describes the degree to which Richardson engages the reader. On reading his novels, the reader does not remain an outsider, but glides into the “domestic privacy” of his protagonists. As Ian Watt has observed, the term “domestic privacy” is significant. It not only refers to the private experience of the characters but also to their domestic interiors—that is, the houses that they live in and how they inhabit them.