They effect her life in a negative fashion. Note how even at the beginning of their relationship, Patrick takes traditional gender roles and assumptions and carries them to extremes. They meet, after all, after Rose had been groped by a strange man, and it is Patrick who takes the role of male defender of Rose and becomes righteously indignant, compared to Rose's nonchalance. Note what the text says about Patrick:
He had many chivalric notions, which he pretended to mock, by saying certain words as if in quotation marks. "The fair sex," he would say, and "damsel in distress." Coming to his carrel with that story, Rose had turned herself into a damsel in distress.
Patrick's notions of...
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