->''"She is the ideal woman in feelings, faculties, and flounces."''

"Silly Novels By Lady Novelists" is an essay written by Creator/GeorgeEliot in 1856, in which she skewers so many CommonMarySueTraits it's amazing--everything from her beautiful singing voice to her hordes of admirers to her astounding intellect.

You can read it [[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/28289/28289-h/28289-h.htm#page178 here]].
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!!Tropes diagnosed in this essay (not all of them MarySueTropes, actually):

* AltumVidetur
* AristocratsAreEvil
* AuthorTract
* TheBeautifulElite
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished
* BlueBlood
* BoldInflation
* {{Curse}}
* DancesAndBalls
* DeathbedConfession
* DeathOfTheHypotenuse
* DesignatedHero[[invoked]]
* DistressedDude
* DuelToTheDeath
* EasyEvangelism
* EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry
* GeniusBookClub
* GildedCage
* HistoricalFiction
* ImprobableAge
* InformedAbility: Particularly her intellect.
* LittleProfessorDialog
* LongLostRelative
* LoveAtFirstSight
-->''They see her at a ball, and they are dazzled; at a flower-show, and they are fascinated; on a riding excursion, and they are witched by her noble horsemanship; at church, and they are awed by the sweet solemnity of her demeanor.''
* LoveDodecahedron
* MadeASlave
* MarySue [[invoked]]
** CanonSue: All the works are technically original fiction.
* {{Melodrama}}
* MoralMyopia
* NiceGuy: The designated hero of the Evangelical white neck-cloth species.
* {{Omniglot}}
* ParentalMarriageVeto
* PeriodPiece
* PimpedOutDress
* PurpleProse
* RagsToRoyalty
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness
* StarvingArtist: Subverted; the essay skewers the romantic notion that lady novelists are poor but determined women writing to make a living.
* StopBeingStereotypical: Eliot expresses worry that people will take bad novels as proof that women as a whole are too dumb to be worth educating, since all it's apparently done for the authors is give them DelusionsOfEloquence.
* VirginPower
* WrongGuyFirst

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