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ConnieAnnKirk
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VILLETTE and Male Readers

From the B&N Classics edition:
 
"Many men have admired this novel.  What is there in it for a man to admire?"
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Re: VILLETTE and Male Readers

I'm surprised that men would enjoy this novel.  But the narrator apparently expected her audience to be male, or at least to include males. 
 
The sensible reader will not suppose that I gained all the knowledge
here condensed for his benefit in one month, or in one half-year.
 
 
The reader will, perhaps, remember the description of Madame Beck's
fête; nor will he have forgotten that at each anniversary, a handsome
present was subscribed for and offered by the school.
 
 
Yet the reader is advised not to be in any hurry with his kindly
conclusions, or to suppose, with an over-hasty charity, that from that
day M. Paul became a changed character--easy to live with, and no
longer apt to flash danger and discomfort round him.
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