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Written by Bridget D
(10/8/2009 7:20 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Revising my initial view of the "predator" question, penned by Heather Leigh
how was Wickham acting with calculation in this instance? He got Lydia to run away with him, under a promise of marriage, but she was willing to sleep with him and even refused to leave him when she might have managed to do so without totally losing her reputation... while her elopement coudl stil have been covered up...
I dont tink that "acting with calculation" or even pursuing a goal are necesarily the acts of a predator or even a wicked person. We all do these things all the time...pursuing goals... and calculating what benefits our actions will bring to us. But to me (while Im not disputing that Willoughby and Wickham were both wrong in seducing girls like Eliza and Lydia) they are not "predatory" just because they chose to seduce girls who were "easily seducible" or because they have an eye to their own advantages in what they do. To me predatoriness has a more specific and malignant meaning, such as choosing say to stalk a girl who isn't interested or to pursue a girl who say is not interested but due to economic circumstnaces - say a servant - is not likely to refuse them.....
However I clearly dont have anyone agreeing with me
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