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Fantomina’s story continues to unfold. We are constantly surprised by her audacity and perseverance to fulfill her desires. She—the woman—is the one to pursue Beauplaisir, which is uncommon for her time and definitely risked “her Virtue or Reputation” (45). Men were supposed to be the ones to court, but because her “Quality and reputed Virtue kept him from using her with that Freedom,” (42), she had to deceive him into thinking she was a prostitute.
Like a child attached to a play-thing, she contrives a plan to make Beauplaisir her own. It’s astonishing to think that a woman of her reputation would put her “Virtue or Reputation” (45) at risk and even goes so far to “excuse herself for what she had done” by arguing that the passion she experienced “took from her all Remorse for having engaged in an Affair which promised her so much Satisfaction” (49). Her logic doesn’t fit the expectation of women in her time, but this aspect only adds to the intrigue of her character, for she again defies social paradigm. Her strong personality is again reinforced when “The rifled Charms of Fantomina soon lost their Poinancy, and grew tasteless and insipid” (50) to Beauplaisir. Instead of being filled with remorse, she decides Beauplaisir’s love “was what she wanted, and what she had form’d a

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