By Kit Pearson

While Patricia's mom sends her to her cousins' cottage for the summer time, Patricia doesn't are looking to move. She doesn't comprehend her cousins in any respect, and she's by no means been strong at tenting or canoeing, not to mention making new associates.

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She had never said much about her before, and that little very casually, but I had gathered that she rather liked her. ” Bud, in response, told Mollie about her relationship with Frieda. She asked of Frieda, Relationships between Women 41 Do you mind my telling Mollie? I have never wanted to talk about you at all, but when I got started, she was so interested and was rather keen to know because in some ways we are a bit farther on. They have had just the same difficulties with their families, but they really had more time before they got on their ears.

I’ve written pages and then torn them up because they don’t say at all what I mean. 44 Frieda had similar difficulty describing the valley, but in both cases the descriptions offer images of a tranquil and almost ethereal place where the emotions between the two women surrounded them, communication was almost telepathic, and the criticism of others was absent. The conjuring up of such an imagined place to express their love might suggest to the 40 Part 1: Awfully Devoted Odd Women reader a form of resistance to dominant discourse, in the sense that Frieda and Bud created for themselves an ideal world where their love was not an issue, a world sadly lacking in their real lives.

We have only written records of their experiences, in the form of love letters and other correspondence. The earliest of these collections comes from just after the period that Lillian Faderman has described as the “the last breath of innocence” in female-female relationships: from the turn of the century to 1920. ”5 She traces the emergence of lesbian subcultures and suggests that the twentieth century saw the erosion of the “sexual innocence” of pre-twentieth-century lesbianism, in the form of the romantic friendship, and the creation of lesbian identities and sexual knowledge between and among lesbians.

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