Of Social Opportunistice In Sir William Ashton, Lucy Ashton And The Marquis Of A '?

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Edgar could be considered to be a vicitim of social injustice with respect to his relations with three leading characters of the novel - William Ashton, Lucy Ashton and the Marquis of A. Among them, Sir William Ashton and the Marquis of A are both political opportunists. Though Ashton is a Whig and Marquis is a Tory,
“… they have in common a cynical tendency to adjust ideological principles to the prevailing political winds that documents,within the historical assumptions of the novel, the assault on factionalism. 15
The Marquis takes a keen interest in Edgar’s quarrel with the Ashtons over the Ravenswood estate in order to gain political support from Sir William Ashton. Sir William, on the other hand tries to be friendly with Edgar so that he can extricate political benefit in case the Marquis and his fellow Tories win their struggle for power. Edgar also enters a political partnership with the Marquis thinking that he would be able to offer Lucy something better than a life of poverty and an outcast lord. His fortune takes a good turn when the Tories, guided by the Marquis come to power. Although Edgar does not get involved in party politics like Ashton or the Marquis, yet he becomes intricately involved in their nasty world of political scheming.
Throughout the novel, it appears that Edgar is incapable of taking aggressive role in resolving conflicts in his political factions. Gordon remarks,
“He exhibits an old-fashioned loyalty to the land that has nothing to do with

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