Youth in “Letters Written in France, in the Summer of 1790”

Helen Maria Williams visits Paris in her youth and sends many a letter to her friend in England describing the festivals and the Bastille in particular. In her writings Williams’ youth can be seen through her view of the festivities “i promised to send you a description of the federation:but it is not to be described” to me youth can be seen in the wide-eyed view of the world and the festival (Williams 109). Although the experience and knowledge of the older and wiser is coveted, the feeling of a new experience the first time seeing such spectacles is indeed awe-inspiring, especially in the wake of such momentous events as the siege of the Bastille.


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