Charlotte Lennox's Female Quixote; or, The Adventures of Arabella was published in 1752 and was generally well-received by the reading public at the time. The story follows Arabella, a young women brought up by her father in a remote castle in England. Arabella governs her life, and the lives of those around her, by the lessons she has learned from reading "history"; in reality, Arabella's idea of "history" includes the semi-historical seventeenth-century French romances from her father's library . The novel is often described as mocking the genre of the historical romance since Arabella seems to live in an alternate-universe which rarely intersects with the common social conventions of her day. Her insistence on following the "laws of romance" in social etiquette, and particularly in love, makes her subject to the criticism and mockery of those around her, but also allows her to negotiate her relationships and circumstances in unique ways which challenge cultural norms. After acquiring several suitors and surviving several "romance-like" "adventures," Arabella is "re-educated" by a doctor who shows her the error of her ways, and she successfully enters the world of socially normative marriage. Contemporary critical debate remains inconclusive on the meaning of Arabella's quick transition from the world of romance to the world of eighteenth-century marriage and domesticity.