Portrait Of An Alpha Moralist

In Portrait of a Lady, James makes Isabel Archer angry “as a woman is angry when she has been in the wrong”. Can it be that James has seen truly here; that it is this anger that powers the modern progressive woman? A man may embrace violent rage when he feels himself to have been dissed, because he has delusions of being an alpha male; so too does a woman embrace righteous fury when conscious of being in the wrong, because she has her equivalent delusion – of being always in the right.

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