Pollyanna Borgia

kyo880418

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Consider the “new” woman. She’s trying to be Pollyanna Borgia , clearly a conflict of interest. She’s supposed to be a ruthless winner at work and a bundle of nurturing sweetness at home. --- writer Rita Mae Brown

Pollyanna: a person who believes that good things are more likely to happen than bad things, even when this is very unlikely.

Borgia
Italian family, influential from the 14th to the 16th century, that included the son and daughter of Pope Alexander VI. Cesare (1475?-1507), a religious, military, and political leader, was the model for Machiavelli's The Prince.

What does "Pollyanna Borgia" mean this sensentence? An overoptimistic person in an influential family?

Thank you very much!
 
  • Cagey

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    Rita Mae Brown explains this in the quotation:

    [A "new" woman is] supposed to be a ruthless winner [=Borgia] at work and a bundle of nurturing sweetness [=Pollyanna] at home.
     

    kyo880418

    Senior Member
    chinese
    Rita Mae Brown explains this in the quotation:

    [A "new" woman is] supposed to be a ruthless winner [=Borgia] at work and a bundle of nurturing sweetness [=Pollyanna] at home.

    Thank you. And i want to know why Borgial reprents a ruthless winner and Pollyanna represents nurturing sweetness?

    Thank you~
     

    Cagey

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    English - US
    You can find that out by searching for these names on the internet:
    Pollyanna
    Lucretia /Lucrezia Borgia
    It has to do with the stories associated with them.
     
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