Picturing Women's Health by Kate Scarth, Ji Wong Chung Francesca Scott

By Kate Scarth, Ji Wong Chung Francesca Scott

The essays during this assortment learn ladies in different roles; mom, socialite, prostitute, big name, clinical practitioner and sufferer. the wide variety of commentators permits a various photograph of women's future health during this interval.

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Kirkpatrick analyses the reasons behind Edgeworth’s revisions, focusing on the equivocation of Edgeworth’s explanation for removing Juba’s marriage from the text: ‘My father says that gentlemen have horrors upon this subject, and would draw conclusions very unfavourable to a female writer who appeared to recommend such unions: as I do not Amazonian Fashions 33 understand the subject I trust to his better judgement’. Kirkpatrick argues that Edgeworth has shown a very precise understanding of the conflation of sexual and racial anxieties in her novel.

I am sorry that you did, because it puts me to the pain of rejecting peremptorily a mark of attention, for which I am doubtless obliged to Mr. Davenant, but which I can by means accept’. ‘Suffer him then to speak to you this evening, and let him hear your resolution from yourself. ’22 Despite having earlier stated she would give Davenant reasons for her refusal should he so request, she now wishes to avoid doing so. Moreover, by placing the emphasis on her own discomfort (that it would be unpleasant for her to have to tell Davenant she does not wish to marry him), she forgets Davenant might suffer; furthermore, she forgets or ignores the difficult situation she forces Sir Edward into by using him to handle Davenant.

42 The text draws an explicit link between physical health and the mind. Lady Pevensey’s ‘temper is soured by ill health’, and she survives smallpox because of 24 Picturing Women's Health her perpetually bad habits. In contradistinction to Colonel Chesterville, who experiences increased melancholic sympathy for those around him because of his desperate financial situation, and who quietly accepts his fate well before his illness claims his life, Lady Pevensey rather experiences an increased hardness of heart which in some degree protects her from smallpox.

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