He works her like a yo-yo, whipping her toward him with witty, suggestive banter and dangling her heedlessly in his pursuit of other women. Imagine Jane Austen and D. He rages against women and fears their rejection.
As he grows assured of her surrender, his tests pick up momentum. After one attack, he takes her to a party with her body bruised and her clothes shredded and commands her to sit by his feet. Without romanticizing any of this, Louisa draws the reader inside her experience by describing her reactions in detail.
She corrects and satirizes him in conversation. Born Edith Pole in Prague, , Templeton spent much of her childhood in her grandmother's castle in Bohemia.
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She is a bohemian in the other sense, too: her fiction, not least her sexually explicit novella Gordon the account of her sadomasochistic affair with a psychiatrist, which was banned for indecency on publication in and only recently reissued under her own name , reveals a haughty disregard for conventional behaviour, and her viewpoint is of the itinerant outsider.
She was 17 when she first visited London.
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Five years later, she'd turned herself into the "top-drawer" wife of an Englishman. When the marriage failed, Templeton took an administrative job with the US army in Cheltenham, later becoming an interpreter and captain in the British army. It is this period of her life that is described in the title story, the only one to use an alter-ego.
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