The 7 Best Times Men Were Terrified of Women in Classic Literature

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Elizabeth Bennet has muddy shoes

In Pride and Prejudice, Lizzie walks to Netherfield to visit her sick sister (which sounds exhausting, to be honest), and she gets mud on her shoes and the hem of her dress to boot. Everyone is scandalized.

Now you may be asking: what’s wrong with muddy shoes? What isn’t wrong with muddy shoes? Muddy shoes are a character flaw. Muddy shoes are everything that’s wrong with society. Muddy shoes are what killed the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and started World War I.

Topics: Books
Tags: the scarlet letter, pride and prejudice, jane eyre, les miserables, little women, far from the madding crowd, the wife of bath, #nastywoman

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