coquette pg 4

coquette pg 4 - Lucy Freeman ever the voice of reason...

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dictates of my own judgment, to give Mr. Boyer the preference, and with him to tread the future round of life.”(Foster, XLI). Here it seems like Eliza has finally made the decision of her own accord, but upon picking apart Eliza’s clever wording the reader learns something to the contrary. Eliza states that she nearly determined, implying that the decision was not completely finalized and that some course of events could have changed her mind. Also it seems that this decision was brought about by social pressures from her friends and family who constantly advocated marriage to Boyer. It is not possible to assume that Eliza would have agreed to Boyer’s proposal if it remained. It is also important to visit Eliza’s relationship with her other suitor of the time Maj. Sanford. Maj. Sanford is by far the more favored suitor in Eliza’s life. Maj. Sanford, from the very beginning, is known by reputation as a debaucher. He greatly differs from Boyer in his charm, social standing, and most importantly his intentions.
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Unformatted text preview: Lucy Freeman, ever the voice of reason, voices her concern to Eliza saying, “I do not find, in all your conversations with him that one word about marriage drops from his lips. This is mysterious. No, it is characteristic of the man.”(Foster, XXIX). This quote draws attention several major points including the widely and frequently voiced opinion that Sanford’s intentions are impure. This quote also points out one of the major reasons why Eliza favors Sandford over her other virtuous suitor Boyer. Boyer was clear about his desire to wed Eliza, however, Sanford never once admits to Eliza that he desires to marry her. Eliza knows that with Sanford there is no future for marriage and is thus allowed some level of comfort in knowing that she will never be asked to sacrifice her freedom with him. Eliza turns somewhat of a blind eye to Sanford because of his charm and felicitous attitude. She reveals in a letter to Lucy, “I know the right; and I approve it too; I...
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