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|Eliz and Willoughby's guilt
Written by Bridget D
(10/5/2009 7:17 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think the difference..., penned by Reeba
but that wasn't what I said. I said that he is wrong if he seduced a girl out of a careless desire for pleasure, but he would be more guilty IMO if he deliberately targetted someone for seduction, knowing that she was particularly vulnerable and because he woudl enjoy the feeling that he was hurting her. IMO Henry Crawford is this kind of seducer. He wants to make girls suffer for love of him, he wants to "make a hole" in Fanny's heart... There is a sadistic streak in his womanising and flirting.... that I dont think existed in Willoughby's. And IMO the definition of predator in this sort of situation would apply to a man who deliberately "preyed" on girls who were unable to resist him and who enjoyed the sensation of hunting out girls who could nto resist him. IMO Eliza doesn't come into that category. She is from a respectable background, she is not desperately poor, the evidence seems to be that she and her friend were "going all over town" making acquaintances who were not respectable and generally behaving in such a way that they were considered "fair game" by men....
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