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|Flirts and selfish men
Written by Elizabeth K
(10/16/2009 8:49 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Willoughby as Villain, penned by Bridget D
"There are always going to be flirts and selfish men out there, but I think that for Austen a woman with common sense and a strong character would be able to protect herself against them" - Maybe, maybe not. What about Elizabeth Bennet and Wickham?
In chapter 31 of S&S, we are told that Eliza and her young acquaintances were allowed to roam freely about the town as they chose, and whilst many 16-year-old girls do have common sense, young girls are very easily influenced and are easy targets for certain dishonourable men....
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