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Written by Mandy N
(2/1/2006 6:09 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I agree, penned by Line
Hippolita and Matilda are attributed as pseudo-angelic beings.
Yet to Manfred female virtues are secondary to their ability to produce male heirs or be used as pawns in state marriages.
I think Hippolita emerges as the truly tragic figure of TCoO.
Hippolita is a patroness of the church, she makes reverences at the statute of Alfonso. Apparently she felt uneasy in conscience and 'oft urged Manfred to resign the principality' (ch.4).
If HW is mocking this ideal in THoO, he'd have to overlook a whole lot of things.
Perhaps HW gently mocks unrealistic excesses of the notion.
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