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Was Diana at all to blame in Canning's behavior?

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I have always just assumed that Canning was a brute, but there's no evidence that he ever hit Diana, so far as I know. She said something about "these perpetual God-damned scenes," suggesting that they fought a lot and probably on account of Canning's jealousy.

But O'Brian is so ambiguous about things at times! We KNOW Diana was unreliable at the very least, and possibly an actual shag bandit. Is there any reason to think that she was playing around on Canning, and his jealousy was justified? The other women hated her, but other men were clearly fond of her.

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