Compare And Contrast Dorimant And Medley

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In this passage, Dorimant and Medley are evaluating Harriet based on classical standards. These classical standards, in order of least to greatest importance, are wealth, beauty, wit, and malice. Not only does Harriet appear to meet these expectations, as described by Medley she entirely exceeds them. She is “vastly rich”, the “beautifullest creature”, and has more wit and malice than are expected of women in this society. In this description of Harriet, she becomes the ideal classical woman, and the ideal mate for a classical alpha male. In fact, she is so ideally matched with an alpha male, that Medley, a classical “friend”, does not feel comfortable pursuing her. He says he has dreamed of kissing her “a thousand times in imagination”, implying
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