How far must she fall to keep him?

The disguise of Celia is a step, more like a fall, down from Fantomina. Fantomina, was much like the lady herself, a curious, young, “stranger to the world.” This disguise most closely relates to a New Woman, one who has desires and is curious about the world around her. Celia, on the other hand, was simplistic and available to wait on Beauplaisir hand and foot. This disguise falls more under the Fallen Woman category, especially because she no longer has her virtue. This shift demonstrates the lady’s desperateness and decrease in self confidence. Instead of being a woman with “so much beauty and wit” who captivated the man with conversation, she became a maid who wore a short petticoat to catch his attention. Fantomina/Celia embodied the role of a fallen woman. A woman who has nothing to lose because it has already been taken from her. After the Beauplaisir grew tried of Fantomina, the lady’s confidence in her charm and wit diminished. So, she became an object that she believed the man would desire. Celia was obedient and very outwardly fond of Beauplaisir. He could have her any time that was convenient for him. For a lady who is of “distinguished birth, beauty, wit and spirit,” the change to Celia was a demoralizing and desperate move. As Celia, the lady served only to please him, whereas, this was not the case with Fantomina. This illustrates how desperate the lady had become to retain the love and affection she once received from the man she loves, because what man wouldn’t want a woman who’s only purpose is to wait on him? The young lady’s true identity has been lost in her quest to become the woman that Beauplaisir desires. But how far must she fall to keep him?

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