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|Sir Walter's heavy influence on Elizabeth...
Written by JanELT
(11/1/2008 7:14 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Dragged Elizabeth?, penned by CarolTS
...is what I had in mind when I thought of the word "dragged." It was a figure of speech that I should have put quotes on. I didn't mean that Sir Walter made Elizabeth go forcibly into such a lifestyle against her wishes, but I've seen situations where a person is so dominating in a relationship that a weaker person under that heavy influence could become complaisant to such an extent that it seemed the weaker person was "dragged" around to places by the stronger. I'm not sure if Elizabeth is that weak, though, so I do agree that she made a conscious decision to go there. But I would add - under heavy influence.
Perhaps Elizabeth enjoyed that type of lifestyle. In the book, it seemed to me she was rather caught up with it all. Still, I wonder if she could have changed had she seen other "alternate universes." LR was able to change in the end, albeit slowly. I thought perhaps Elizabeth would too, if given the chance. However, we would never know.
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