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The contact of the speakers of West Saxon with their Britons did, however, not have the same impact as that of the North, probably for two reasons: first, because the ratio of immigrant Anglo-Saxons settlers versus the subjected Britons was higher than in the North; and second, because the unsubjected Britons in Cornwall and Wales were considered to be fierce enemies and contact with them seems to have been constantly hostile.
The British hostages who are mentioned in this entry seem to suggest hostile encounters with the unsubjected Britons.
Catherine is "[t]hat noble Dutchesse, who liv'd unsubjected," who fled "[f]rom Romes ridiculous prier and tyranny, / That mighty Monarchs kept in awfull feare" (24, 25-26).
Her novels may teach us contemporary readers about how the patriarchy works to deprive women of the ability to act, its ability to subject women, but they don't seem to offer us women resisting their subjection, women becoming active, unsubjected subjects, agents of a new social order--the latter of which is the larger feminist agenda.