Lady of Modesty - notes - Now I shall have to pay in my own person for those desires she reflected for women are not(judging by my own short experience

Lady of Modesty - notes - Now I shall have to pay in my own...

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‘Now I shall have to pay in my own person for those desires,’ she reflected; ‘for women are not (judging by my own short experience of the sex) obedient, chaste, scented, and exquisitely apparelled by nature. They can only attain these graces, without which they may enjoy none of the delights of life, by the most tedious discipline. There’s the hairdressing,’ she thought, ‘that alone will take an hour of my morning, there’s looking in the looking-glass, another hour; there’s staying and lacing; there’s washing and powdering; there’s changing from silk to lace and from lace to paduasoy; there’s being chaste year in year out . . . ’ - Sexuality - Even the tone of the book is a representation of divided identity: a fictional “biography” that is written in poetry- challenging the “factual” nature of biographies - Speaker is biased - Poetry vs. truth - - Orlando is described as a boy: description is surprisingly feminine -

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