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Written by Line
(5/23/2003 8:12 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Pity rather than dislike, penned by Anne L
] I've always felt sorry for O. and liked her despite her passivity. I think she was surviving as women did then, by playing by the rules of men and identifying herself by those men closest to her. I pity rather than despise her. I wonder what I would have done in her situation...
Another thing: up to the beginning of the twentieth century, *obedience* was considered a positive value in a way I think we hardly realize anymore, especially children's obedience of their parents, and even more so for females in general. If you look at old advice books, they're always talking about the virtues of obedience!
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