Provide a passage from the novel The Sea of Poppies that is an example of or illustrates a feminist or eco-critical viewpoint.

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Sea of Poppies is notable for its strong female characters, some of whom make decisions to defy social norms and take charge of their own situations. For Pauline Lambert, a young English woman living in India, the educational and social liberalism of her upbringing may be taken as evidence of...

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Sea of Poppies is notable for its strong female characters, some of whom make decisions to defy social norms and take charge of their own situations. For Pauline Lambert, a young English woman living in India, the educational and social liberalism of her upbringing may be taken as evidence of the feminist leanings of her adoptive parents, the Burnhams. Regardless of her intellectual talents and accomplishments, however, she has no means of self-support and is expected to marry. Instead, she decides to take matters into her own hands and leaves India. The author’s portrayal of Paulette’s decision—both the bases and her subsequent actions—indicates a feminist view point.

In an argument with Zachary Reid about her chosen mode of travel, he tells her it is wrong for a woman of her status to travel by ship (Chapter 14). He says,

“[A] clipper is no place for a girl like yourself.”

“Oh—so that is it! A girl cannot do it?” Paulette’s head snapped up and her eyes flashed. . . . “But you are wrong: I can do it and I will.”

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