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Written by Line
(5/12/2005 8:18 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Olivia is absolutely as much to blame as Thornhill, penned by PeggyC
...where Mr. Thornhill is concerned, Olivia doesn't seem bright enough to cross the street by herself, but doesn't the flagrant double standard almost cancel out her shortcomings for you? Here's Mr. Thornhill, who has pretended to marry several women, seduced girls for miles around, still living comfortably in the neighbourhood, welcome among respectable families like the Primroses despite his reputation (yes, I know he's their landlord, but still!), and getting ready to marry a girl whose family apparently doesn't care or hasn't made much effort to find out about her future husband's character. I would think that any neighbourhood family with daughters would close the shutters and bar the door when they saw him coming, and there would be the sound of a mighty wind as everyone rushed to get away from him! ;-) On top of that, Olivia herself is getting ready to protect him by keeping her secret about the priest, despite the harm he may do other women. Also, how do you interpret Olivia's statement that she "married" him more to please him than herself? Is she merely trying to make herself look less bad, or are we supposed to take her seriously?
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