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    In The French Lieutenant's Woman, Charles Smithson, a gentleman, falls in love with Sarah Woodruffe, a poor and disgraced governess, despite the fact that he is engaged. The novel explores Charles' conflicting feelings as he deals with his emotions and the societal expectations of the world around him. The narrator of this post-modern text often intervenes in the story, turning what might be a typical Victorian-style novel into an exploration of structure and intertextuality.