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Written by Bridget D
(10/6/2009 11:08 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Predators are Opportunists, penned by Robbin
I dont think I could agree, unless you see all illicit sex as "predatory". I can't see that it is predatory of Will to try to seduce girls who were willing to be seduced rather than go for soemone like Marianne for example or Miss Gray who would not be willing. The general rule was that there were women who were "fair game", ie prostitutes, actresses and married women who had provided the heir and spare... and women who weren't fair game, ie young well born wives, well bred virgins, "respectable" women of the lower classes...Since Eliza II was the daughter of a woman who had probably become a "woman of easy virtue" the odds were that, had her mother survived and brought her up, Eliza WIlliams would also have become a lady of easy virtue....Given that she had escaped that life, then as the "natural daughter" of someone, she would have had to be very careful to behave well, so that nobody would think "liek mother like daughter". Clearly Eliza II ( as we hear from Brandon's testimony) was not behaving with special discretion but quite the opposite. She and her friend were running all over town, making acquaintances wherever they liked and going about unchaperoned.. All of this would be sending out a signal that they were NOT respectable young ladies and were in essence free and easy....
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