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Written by BarbaraB
(10/8/2009 11:17 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, This theme of seducing 16 years old girls, penned by Outi
Any ignoring of seductions was mainly on the man's side. A woman could get away with it only if no one knew which when you think about it, is true of anything. Men did not have to worry about discovery as far as being publicly censured went. Yep, as you say, Willoughby gets to go merrirly along, ignoring the wake of destruction he leaves in his path without much, if any, consequences. Eliza, however, will be cast out of good society forever. The fate of her child is questionable also. No doubt, somehow, somewhere, a person/s could be found who overcame such a situation as Eliza's but strictly speaking, you could count them out of good society. If it were not for Elinor managing, with great effort when she possibly could, to get Marianne to exhert some control over herself, her reputation might well have suffered some damage even without being compromised. Lydia was snatched from the brink of being an outcast but her reputation took a big hit. Even if the episode had give Lydia maturity and she could be counted on to be responsible, it wouldn't have been advisible to let Kitty, or Mary for that matter, visit her because, as young girls, yet without mates, the connection could be damaging to them as well in regards to possible marriage prospects. When it came to 'playing around', women were not on a level 'playing' field.
I realize, Outi, you are probably aware of all this but it was an opportunity to highlight where society stood when it came to such matters. Thanks.
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