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Experience and Innocence – the value of a good reputation

One of the wisest and gentlest characters ever to inhabit story is described as  “this experienced yet innocent soul … .” Her name is Miss Lydgate (we never learn her first name) and she’s one of the Oxford Dons in … Continue reading

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Approval of Women Is Not a Male Prerogative

In Gaudy Night, a 1935 mystery set in an Oxford University women’s college, Dorothy L. Sayers depicts a conversation between Lord Peter Wimsy (Sayers’ aristocratic sleuth) and Dr. Baring, the College Warden (what we’d call the President or Chancellor). Dr. Baring begins to … Continue reading

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