The Tabloid of the Century
The general reason I think Charlotte Temple stayed on the best seller list for so many years is because the subjects that were discussed in the book were taboo in that day and time.
Montraville was a soldier in the army who was about twenty three years old, and Charlotte was only fifteen. He was much older than Charlotte. Montraville influenced her in evil ways; he impressed
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in society ! So I think when this book was written people readily took the opportunity to read about the lust, seduction, and sex in these peopleís lives. This book was like a soap opera to readers. They could imagine themselves being Montraville, Charlotte, La Rue, and Belcore. This book also gave readers the opportunity to look within their hearts to find out how much evil they possessed, and to recognize the evilness in society .