Unformatted text preview: freedom. Boyer is eventually pushed away by a combination of Eliza’s constant decision to wait before making a clear decision between him and Maj. Sanford. Boyer is infuriated by her actions and cannot come to fathom the reasoning for her decision not to wed. He instead passes off Eliza’s atypical nature as coquettish. He says in a letter to his friend, “Congratulate me, my friend, that I have thus overcome my feelings, and repelled the infatuating wiles of a deceitful girl.”(Foster, XL) Boyer and the majority of the people of the time can only believe that a woman only invested so much time and effort in a relationship for marriage or to satisfy their own desires for vanity and conquest. But, the truth is that Eliza only invested the time in order to gain friendship and companionship outside of marriage. In fact she only mentions once that she would have agreed to marry him. “I have nearly determined, in compliance with the advice of my friends and the...
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- Spring '07
- Interpersonal relationship, Eliza