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Written by Bridget D
(9/14/2013 3:05 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, In this re-read, I have not yet come (longish), penned by Nancy Ann
I think that yes, JA does certainly fault Will for seducing Eliz and leaving her pregnant. But I dont think that she only blames him. She also blames ELiza, and I think that she does not just criticise him and see Eliz as his victim. She might well say that yes it was very bad of Will to indulge in a sexual relationship and be careless that he mgith have gotten a a girl pregnant and left her because she bored him, without caring very mcuh what happened to her afterwards. But I think she would also say that if Eliz was so wrong minded as to allow W to seduce her, then she was at fault and might well "expect" to be deserted by her seducer. That if she was so careless of her virtue as to allow herself to become W's mistress, then she had put herself in a postion where she mgith well be left alone and pregnant. And she did have the option of returning to Col B, and didn't take it. Certainly he would have been angry and so on, but he would not have turned his back on her. But she refused to contact him till seh was desperate and she even tehn didnt' want to tell him the name of her seducer. Had she gone back to him earlier, he might have found a way of compelling Wil to marry her when it was early enough to cover up the prior seduction. So I think that JA's sympathy with Eliza is limited.
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