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Question #8 Yesterday vs. today

The Serpents Tale~ Late Summer 2009 Reading Group

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Jul 22, 2009, 6:50pm Top

Much as a modern woman might, Adelia rejects many of the commonly held beliefs of medieval England, such as the inferiority of women and the existence of witchcraft. Are there also ways in which Adelia's thinking seems a product of its time? How do you think she would fare in the modern world?

Aug 4, 2009, 1:13am Top

I didn't find any medieval thought processes, but I wasn't looking for them. I think her mind, her training, make her unlikely to fit into any era's idea of a feminine, girly-girl mode, and also into an era's commonfolk. She'd be a fish out of water no matter where she landed.

Aug 8, 2009, 3:55am Top

I agree with Richard that she does not seem to exemplify medieval thought processes. In fact, I was a little surprised that she called Eleanor "my lady" although that was survival instinct, I guess. I think she would do great in the modern world, or wherever she would find herself.


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