Date: 2015-04-07 04:04 am (UTC)
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I don't know enough about this period to know if it's accurate, but the book treated it as scandal that could ruin lives. At one point characters do, in fact, snicker about the Ladies of Langollen. At one point Damer is given the cut direct by former friends, because of rumors about her and Farren. In an afterword the author says the inspiration for the book was an item in Hester Thrale's journals about Farren and Damer implying they were Lesbians and was definitely meant to be cruel.
You're right, though that there must have been quiet partnerships on farms and in towns, maybe wondered about a bit, but happy.
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