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Ariosto gives concerning the beauty of Angelica

Angelica is the heroine of Ariosto's epic romance Orlando Furioso (1516-32). In the first edition this is one of the works from which Henry Clerval wrote plays for himself, Elizabeth, and Victor to act (see 1.1.5 and note). Thus, this would be a natural reference for Elizabeth to make, suggestive of her long intimacy with the two young men her letter implicitly addresses.