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      Starter Questions

      – What space do you think this novels gives for women’s power and control over their own lives?

      – What did you make of the ways that the names were patterned, and of the complex set of characters?

      – How is the body written about?

      – What does this text have to say about deceit?

      – What did you think of the characterisation of D’Elmont?

      – What does Haywood tell us about women’s desire?

      – What roles do letters play in the text? And books?

      – Later writers such as Clara Reeve, who we read last month, dismissed Haywood’s earlier fictions as improper. Why do you think this was?

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