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|Comparable sinners, contrasting reactions
Written by PeggyC
(5/12/2005 12:31 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Vicar and Olivia (Chap.22-23), penned by Lynn Marie
Olivia - seduced then abandoned
Olivia - penitent
True, Olivia's abandonment did bring about her penitence, but I don't think that if Lydia HAD been abandoned she would have been penitent. She would have just blamed whomever Wickham ran off with next for 'stealing' Wickham from her (a la Mary King).
Here I think the fact that the wronged woman was either penitent or not plays a BIG factor in the father's reaction.
Here I think the character's inherent morality decides the reaction, not any perception of taint by association.
Interesting to consider the differing views.
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