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Written by Rachel G
(6/12/2007 1:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, As inhumane as Mr. C is, and (we hope) atypical,..., penned by Adrian
In chapter 47 Mary says: "Unhappy as the event must be for Lydia, we may draw from it this useful lesson: that loss of virtue in a female is irretrievable -- that one false step involves her in endless ruin -- that her reputation is no less brittle than it is beautiful -- and that she cannot be too much guarded in her behaviour towards the undeserving of the other sex."
Her observation was pompous and insensitive but, I guess, pretty much summed up the misogynistic attitudes of the period.
I was allowing my 20th/21st century sensibilities to colour my reading, and have to keep telling myself that 'the past is another country'. Thanks for reminding me. I still find Mr Collin's self-satisfied gloating and instinct to rub salt into the wounds repulsive though.
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