Date: 2015-04-07 04:21 am (UTC)
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Oh,yes, the knives were out for her (the art world, high society -it's almost a given that the knives were out!), but they were grabbing at anything. They said that she was only sorry to lose her title when her husband died, for example. But the suggestion of lesbianism was just one more peccadillo, not anything especially terrible.
The fictional book may say there was snickering... but is there any actual historical evidence? They were highly regarded, as best I recall. (and the world, alas! will snicker at people for anything, for being too lovey-dovey with their spouses, for being in love with someone of too low a social class, for being suspiciously chaste, even!) Lesbianism wasn't singled out for more harsh treatment than anything else, I think
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