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Written by Laraine
(9/16/2010 4:29 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "If you want Henry to marry, you must have...a Frenchwoman??, penned by Stacey GC
I think Mary is thinking about a more sophisticated and even a more wily woman than Henry has yet met.
The French were supposedly more "sophisticated" about such things as being "the most horrible flirt that can be imagined"--even when they were in committed relationships. I supposed that's still true in the stereotype.
Being more sophisticated also hints at being wily enough to successfully "coax, or trick him" into thinking that he wants her enough to get married. The French were thought to be more worldly-wise than the English--and therefore Mary may be thinking that a Frenchwoman would be wily enough to win him.
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