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As Helen prepares for death she tells Jane:

I leave no one to regret me much: I have only a father; and he is lately married, and will not miss me. By dying young, I shall escape great sufferings. I had not qualities or talents to make my way very well in the world: I should have been continually at fault.

What does this quotation reveal about gender expectations during the Victorian era?


A woman's worth was often based on her skills and talents.


Women were taught to put others ahead of themselves, even in death.


Women were taught to expect an early death because of their physical weakness.


Women in particular were taught to value death because of their depravity in life.


Women were taught that their lives were only meaningful if they could be of service to a man.

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