#tuesdayuseitinasentence: serve (black lace bodice)

Anna O Photography

 Image: Anna O Photography

She carefully peaked out from behind the hydrangea flower. She hated mirrors; flaws were magnified. She had her hair up in one of those messy styles so that feathers of darkness touched her collar.  She remembered the conversation between ancient relatives on stormed-in winter days. “Always black lace in the bodice,” they nodded. “Such dresses serve DuMaarier women well.” “Very well,” one would say causing laughter, tottering tea cups and calls for sherry.

If she stayed quiet, they didn’t notice the “little person with big ears.” Solonge didn’t understand most of the stories then. But those eavesdropping afternoons had soaked into her psyche. She could no longer ignore it. So she bought a dress with a black lace bodice to serve a DuMaarier woman well again, she hoped. She’d bring the flower for a fan. “Just in case.” Lucinda made her feel very warm around the black velvet collar.

 

My thoughts and prayers go to the people of Orlando who have lost so much, and to the LGBT and Hispanic communities which have loss so much  more

 

Combo of two prompts: Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge 117 and Tuesday Use It in a Sentence: serve

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19 thoughts on “#tuesdayuseitinasentence: serve (black lace bodice)

      • Ah, of course, I should have guessed. You write so confidently about the past. I did a degree in art history, though took modules in Roman and Renaissance history, so it always creeps into my writing too :)

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        • “Art history sounds fascinating. I did mainly 15th to 19th century North American history with a focus on the colonial period and the intersect of women’s lives, society, religion and expectation in the 19th century in N. America and on foreign mission fields as single women missionaries. Think that’s mostly it,” she concluded

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          • Sounds very interesting. I found myself drawn to women’s perspectives too, from an art viewpoint. The fact that most art was produced by men, the different ways men and women were portayed in paintings. It was very interesting, though slightly depressing at how our gender has been supressed over the centuries.

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            • “That’s a fascinating, and yes, I see why, depressing to explore gender and society,” she initially replied.
              “I was fortunate to study a group of unusually empowered women — single women missionaries — who acted outside the norms, but felt it was a calling, like nuns. I won’t reproduce my thesis here, lol but they represent one of the intersections between women, religion, and society,” she said, trying not to look too academic.

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              • Interesting. Religion has been empowering women for centuries- I remember learning about a woman in Pompeii who was a priestess at a temple and through that (though she had no political power of her own) she was able to promote her son’s career in public office. There were exceptions to the general trend, always :)

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