The Touchstone (HarperPerennial Classics) by Edith Wharton

By Edith Wharton

Determined for cash in order that he could marry, Stephen Glennard sells the loves letters well-known, lately deceased writer penned to him, but if he's haunted by means of crippling guilt over the resource of his fortune, Glennard turns to his spouse for tips and forgiveness.

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In the image reproduced here, another possibility emerges. “The Capture of an Unprotected Female, or the CLOSE of the Rebellion” presents a joke, a pun, on closure, on clothing, and on the act of looking “close” to find genital evidence of sexual identification (Fig. 6). ”24 Positioned together, these images reveal more than they do separately about a cluster of associations among men, battle, and transformation. While contemporary audiences may have assigned them different valences, they nonetheless convey shifts, transitions, occlusions, and substitutions that enable a running man in drag25 to be combined with the anxieties of elimination and animal control.

By Hans Schuler (1942). Photograph by Shirley Samuels. 2. Statue of Sidney Lanier at Johns Hopkins University (detail). The muses, whose linked bodies allude at once to mythology and to the need for female friendship after the Civil War, join hands in a pastoral landscape. Photograph by Shirley Samuels. 21 22 FACING AMERICA of the failed Confederate state as the necessarily grand republican ideal founded on the same classical antecedents that inspired the original founders of the American republic.

Such confusion about whether the spots represent disease or racial identity in effect makes racialized identity, however fabricated, into a form of disease. The novel’s manipulation of racial and sexual desire appears related to the presence of the Mexican War. While the novel viciously satirizes Civil War patriotism and profiteering, it finds in border crossing a retreat into whiteness such that Mexico becomes the place where whiteness can be valorized. One might describe this as an insidious racism in contrast to the overt racism of The Hidden Hand.

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