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|You are very, very harsh on these people, then
Written by kathleen (elder)
(10/25/2009 6:36 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, pregnancy, penned by Bridget D
and I would not judge them as harshly. Nobody is arguing that Eliza has been totally moral & intelligent in her conduct with Willoughby. What Eliza did was wrong, but Willoughby's actions were more so IF this was a pattern with him.
I readily concede that sex outside of marriage would have been consider immoral in JA's time & region, as it would have been considered in many eras/places. But one act of immorality does not make the person immoral, nor does it make that person generally stupid.
When it comes to living a sin-free life, there are no perfect people, only people who try (with varying degrees of success) to live up to their moral principles. Committing a sin is not the same thing as being an immoral person, just as an act of stupidity does not equate to being a person "with apparnetly not much brain." [as you called Eliza in a previous post]
Eliza was young, probably inexperienced, and she was, perhaps, weak. But we don't know enough about her, imo, to label her as immoral and/or stupid. Unless you find more in the novel to support those descriptors, we shall still disagree.
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