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Written by Bridget D
(10/19/2009 7:09 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Austen's heroines, penned by Elizabeth K
we don't seem to be able to agree on this, but I can't beleive that Austen would expect her good women to be easily led astray... She reserves that fate for silly selfish girls like Maria Bertram and Lydia....
The fact that Marianne likes to defy convention does not IMO mean that her principles are not sound.. and I am sure taht she's intelligent enough to distinguish between defying mere social convention - ie going about with Willoughby without a chaperone, accepting a gift from him, writign to him - from a violation of Christian principles... ie having sex without marraige...
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