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Written by Jim Morris
(4/9/2013 8:21 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Character completion certificate., penned by Srirup
"This is terrific. With reference to superficial judgments it’s a cliché that women are judged on their looks (and er, attributes). But here Elizabeth turns it sharply onto the male sex and has an ironic dig at whether good looks in men have anything at all do do with character."
Why is it a dig, why does she turn it sharply and why is it ironic? I read this as an assesment of the perfect husband material, security, a good character and of course good looking if possible. Surely not a feministic approach so early in the book Srirup?. Lizzie is obviously being a little playful, but is there not a backbone of truth in what she says? Looks matter not in choosing a husband? It isn't a major requirement, but pretty young girls whos' looks give them an advantage, must surely know they have a decided edge over others both as dance partners and marriage targets where prospects are equal?
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