Mansfield was bored of her financial security and sought more excitement in her

Mansfield was bored of her financial security and

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too far. Mansfield was bored of her financial security and sought more excitement in her life; particularly, a young, handsome man named Ned Stokes. Quickly after their introduction, Josie started scheming about how she might free herself from Fisk, while keeping access to his money (59). Josie knew that Fisk was already upset about her lack of affection, but still was callous enough to ruin his reputation and business by blackmailing him with libel. Eight years after she left California, Josie seems far from a victim but closer to a master manipulator. Perhaps if Josie had remembered how it felt to be on the other side of manipulation she might not have turned into such a malicious person. It is hard to imagine that an abusive victim such as Josie Mansfield would turn into a cruel manipulator. Mansfield coped with her early abuse by developing a cold but charming mindset. Every man that crossed paths with her in a romantic way were significantly affect by her manipulation, yet the consequences never slowed Josie down. Josie Mansfield fought for wealth and status through mischievous manipulation that gave her a relatively comfortable life but destroyed those who she manipulated.
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  • Spring '08
  • VictoriaAllison
  • Josie Mansfield

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