Rowson's novel strikes a note of caution as it warns young girls to take heed of Charlotte's fate and avoid it. But Rowson is never prudish in her moralizing; rather, she suggests that women must take care in a dangerous world, where they are vulnerable sexually, socially, and even legally, to a social construct that promulgates gender inequity.
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Publication information: Book title: Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature. Contributors: Kathy J. Whitson - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 2004. Page number: 212.
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