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I Can Defy Them All

By Dorothy Dunbar


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Mary Wollstonecraft, during the eighteenth century, had very advanced views on Women's Rights. She has suggested to Fuseli, a well-known artist of the time, that he should take her to live with him and his wife and they should all go to France, (then at the start of her revolution) together. Sophia Fuseli arrives at Mary's lodging to protest at this idea and a good-going row develops, with Mary's young sister Eliza a scandalised looker-on. Having just had an advance on her first published book, Mary eventually agrees to see no more of Fuseli, but is still determined to get to France. The play ends with William Blake and Tom Paine seeking shelter, for Tom since Parliament has indicted him for writing the revolutionary Rights of Man. Having agreed to give him shelter, Mary looks forward to all of them ending up in Paris, experiencing liberty and fraternity . . .