Unable to play the gentlewoman on stage, Catherine Clive lived the part in retirement. Her letters document the days and ways of the gentlewoman, Clive's need to assume the role, and the actress's awareness that she performs. In all details, Clive's gentlewoman conforms to contemporary expectations of that figure.
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JoAllen Bradham. "A Good Country Gentlewoman: Catherine Clive's Epistolary Autobiography." Biography 19.3 (1996): 259-282.