by Andrea Elizabeth
Another thought about women in dire circumstances and evil men: there was a point in the middle of A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott where I think she acted according to choice instead of circumstance as she had in the rest of the book. It was the moment that Dostoevsky describes in Crime and Punishment where Sophia admits that something in her willingly chose the horrible lifestyle. She was not a total victim of her circumstances. Rosamond does not seem to have this realization. She feels worthy of defense throughout the book. In another place she is thankful that women get this just defense only in England.
Also surprising is that in Don Quixote, the standard for chivalry in Spain is drawn from England’s tales of King Arthur.