How are women presented as the stronger sex in The Chrysalids?

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This is a brilliant question based on some very astute observations. Of course, as with any question, it is important to consider the arguments against such a position. Joseph Storm for example is a rather indomitable male, and certainly keeps his wife and his household firmly under his thumb. However, the statement appears to be particularly true when we compare David to the various women he comes across. For example, again and again...

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