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E. Geraldine and . Cavendish, you dream dreams which will sink your vessel You would change the world would you, with your philosophies You think man may become a perfect creature under your wise administration You would emancipate him from all the restraints of law and the teaching of all the ages and peoples for a thousand years You ascribe all his vices and misfortunes to the vice of authority, the tyranny of rules, wicked counsellors and stupid laws. And you would persuade the lawless men who gather here, to become virtuous under your wiser maxims, You would convert these thousand islands into a commonwealth, and realize every fancy or your Platos and Sidneys [? ] Such followers you find here will sooner turn you into a pirate, than you turn them into saintly citizens, pp.54-55

G. , revealsthe discrepancies between the utopian language of citizenship proposed by Steel Cap and the reality of political subjectivity Steel Cap's utopia is a " a sort of madness " (54) and Steel Cap compared to an infantile or naïve citizen.This infantile citizen, in the words of Lauren Berlant, " is potentially a subversive figure whose " stubborn naiveté gives her/him enormous power to unsettle, expose, and reframe the machinery of social life

. Soon, Geraldine reminds him that his dreams " would emancipate [man] from all the restraints of law and the teaching of all the ages and peoples for a thousand years Soon, however, Steel Cap's ideal is presented, in this setting, as anachronistic and abnormal: Cap's castle is a mausoleum of lost nobility, where aging mirrors mock him and Geraldine with a faded reflection of their former status, which is described in a telling passage: A lute in a corner, a few books upon tables, indicated, or would seem to indicate, unwonted taste for such a region; and yet the anomalies are not infrequent which require us to recognize the assassin in the sentimentalist, the midnight burglar occasionally in the guitar or flute player, pp.23-24

, Steel Cap's philosophy, based on " socialistic views of morals and religion " (59), depends on the reasoning that there is " absurdity [in the] assumption of equality, " since Steel Cap argues that 'I see no such equality among men, as the argument assumes. I see nothing but inequalities everywhere