The Coquette

The Coquette Imagery


In the beginning of the novel, Foster depicts Eliza as charming, gregarious, witty, and vivacious. The reader can see her flitting from person-to-person in balls and dinners and parties, and attain an impression of her as a woman worthy of admiration.


Eliza's tombstone is a stark image that provides a moral message to readers that one's various attributes and charms are not enough to protect oneself from predatory men and one's virtue is of the utmost importance.

Boyer's Discovery of Sanford and Eliza in the Garden

Their shock, and Boyer's incredulity and disdain, are sharply drawn for the reader.


Lucy's recollections of the circus and the "disgusting" women within it paint a ghoulish portrait.