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192). ^'' Rewriting the earlier story set in Sicily in which she encoded the Wroth now represents the more draconian and redeemed. She continues Nereana's story in the narrative voice most nearly identifiable as the author's. On her travels to seek Steriamus, Nereana arrives in Saragusa in Sicily, and finding herself in a wood, she complains in language loaded with ambiva- people's resistance in Limena, narrative of the ruler corrected lent political discourse: "she raild at the uncareful people who permitted her to have her fond desires without limiting her power, but that she check'd againe, for saide she, rather would absolute" (196).
M. EZELL are represented either as anomalous active figures with extraordinary who exchange power power, ciety, or they are posed as passive ciphers, Mary Chudleigh's tural structures, literalized reductions of who after and isolation from their sowhose bodies maintain the cul- for alienation ironic figure And marriage "Like Mutes, signs alone must make/ never any we have reduced the concept of the "learned lady" to include only those who wrote, and indeed, even more narrowly, those who published; we have failed to freedom take" ("To the Ladies," our 83).
Indeed, while competing ideologies are it might seem that these easily distinguished, Elizabeth's and Pamphilia's language reflecting a wife's "joining," James's words articulating legal dominance — one a contractual discourse, the other patriarchal— this binary opposition is too simple. Patriarchal and contractual ideologies are by no means mutually exclusive. As Gordon Schochet of the patriarchal and contractual accounts has shown, "The histories of politics are very much dependent upon one another.