If there is no way how to avoid the marriage with Blifil, she runs away. This step isquite dangerous, but she is led by desperation and love. And
Sophia, with all the gentlenesswhich a woman can have, had all the spirit which she ought to have.
It was needed the greatamount of courage to runaway in the midnight.
All what had led Sophia to this step was theview of unhappy and miserable life with Blifil whom she hates. Sophia is still vexed betweenthe due to obey the father, her wish to rescue her from the miserable life and to save her lovewith Tom.Sophia is certain that she would never marry without the agreement of her father, soshe hope that she shall not marry only on her father’s order when she does not agree with.This Sophia’s opinion is the opinion of really modern woman. It is not the expression of headless rebellion, but she still respects her father, but also herself. Sophia is not only the doll,she knows her value. The extreme situation forces her to make indeed important decision. Her modern thoughts start to appear only after she is faced to the vision of the life full of unhappiness.Sophia has been living in the house of her aunt, Mrs. Western, for three years. Mrs.Western was educating her and for Sophia her aunt was as her other mother. Aunt was veryeducated and worldly-wise. For Sophia, she was also some kind of authority, as her father, shealso has been respecting her. Mrs. Western was the person who caused that the love betweenSophia and Tom was discovered. Even her father and aunt try to persuade her to marry Blifil, both of them with different methods, she does not agree.
"Indeed, madam," replied Sophia, "I shall never marry a man I dislike. If I promise my father never to consent to any marriagecontrary to his inclinations, I think I may hope he will never force me into that state contraryto my own."
Sohpia disagree with aunt´s opinions that Sophia´s attitude to Blifil is notimportant because there is important only wealth and Sophia´s refusal will dishonour their family.
"I hope, madam," cries Sophia, with a little elevation of voice, "I shall never doanything to dishonour my family; but as for Mr. Blifil, whatever may be the consequence, I am resolved against him, and no force shall prevail in his favour."
For Sophia, the wealthmeans nothing, or nothing so important for what she would be willing to spend the rest of her life in unhappiness with the man she does not love.When Mrs. Western saved Sophia from the room where she was imprisoned by her father after he had found her in London, she was trying to persuade her to marry LordFellamar, Sophia tells her about the lord’s try to rape her. Her aunt is indignant, but still spell bound by the wealth of Lord Fellamar. Sophia argues very rationally.
"You will pardon me,