|What a sad and cruel concept!
Written by KerstinM
(10/21/2003 1:43 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Intervening with patriarchy, penned by Zoe
I think you are totally right but it still sounds strange and heartless to me that the laws of convention eclipsed the general laws of human kindness and love for another being for some people. It seems a rather cold and self-righteous way of a son's dealing with the plight of a mother to me. Elizabeth Shackleton's health problems and her premature death were IMO directly related to the severe beatings that she received repeatedly by her husband. How could a loving son close his eyes to that? I'm sure some sons, brothers and fathers didn't give a darn about propriety back then when a female relative was severly endangered like that. At least, I hope so or else I would believe my faith in the human race entirely :-(
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