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Sue Bridehead is the heroine of the novel Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy. She is one of the greatest heroines of all time ranking with Anna Karenina, and Madame Bovary.

Sue was the rare intelligent, and independent woman of the late 19th to early 20th century. It is strange then that in the end of the novel she would turn to Jesus Christ for help, when in earlier times she would make a mockery of the Christian Church by buying nude statues of the Greek Gods and placing them in a place where her very religious landowner may see them.

"For no average man - no man short of a sensual savage - will molest a woman by day or night, at home or abroad, unless she invites him. Until she says by a look 'Come on' he is always afraid to, and if you never say it, or look it, he never comes. You're the timid sex.
~ Sue in Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy.

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