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|Didn't say he was trying to seduce Marianne
Written by BarbaraB
(10/31/2012 9:30 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Marianne, penned by bridget D
I was merely pointing out, that despite the fact that riding in carriages with young men was prohibited, Willoughby had the skill and charm to get young women to do it, and I was using Marianne as an example of how easily it could be accomplished. It was considered risky and dangerous behavior for a young woman because it placed her in a position of being seduced and even if she did nothing, it still placed her in the position of people speculating that she might have done something which could eliminate suitors for her hand. Yes, what saves Marianne from Willoughby's attempt is the fact that as heir of Allenham, he would not want to chance anything right under the nose of Mrs. Smith.
I can't imagine a single young lady wanting to announce to her guardian/s that she had given up her virginity when she can simply say nothing. Why put yourself in that position if you don't have to... Anyway, I understand if you don't want to discuss it any longer. Thanks for the response and for allowing me to clarify myself. :)
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