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Written by Devan Roulhac
Fantomina is the first identity the novel's unnamed protagonist takes on. Fantomina is a playhouse prostitute. This is opposite of who the protagonist really is because she is "a lady of distinguised birth." She assumes this identity out of curosity with how freely the prostitutes can speak to men without being judged. Thinking that she is an actual prostitute, Beauplasir rapes her and then he leaves for Bathe when he gets tired of Fantomina.
Celia is the identity the protagonist embodies after Beauplasir moves to Bathe. the protafoinist follows him and assumes the role of Celia, a countrygirl working as a maid. She seduces Beauplasir (even though he doesn't relaize he's being seduced). Beauplasir quickly grows tired of Celia and departs again.
This is the third disguise the protagonist uses. Mrs. Bloomer is a traveling widow. Beauplasir uses her "grief" to his advantage and "seduces" her (quotes around seduces because he technically is not the one doing the seducing...it was the protagonists plan all along). They have sex many times (including when they stop for awhile at an inn.)
The final disguise the protagonist assumes. Incognita is a masked lady. Her ambiguity/mystery signifies a very high class woman. She seduces Beauplasir many times before discovering the protagonist's true identity. She gets pregnant by Beauplasisir and then her mother comes into town and puts a stop to her escapades. The story ends with the protagonist being forced to live in a monastery.
Cannot read between the lines and gets seduced multiple times by the same woman. The woman gets away with seducing him by wearing a series of disguises. He eventually gets her pregnant before she is forced to live in a monastery.
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