4 thoughts on “Effie Gray

    1. I was reading fairly recently (I believe in a new biography of Effie; I apologize for not remembering the title/author’s name/etc.) that pubic hair per se might not have been the issue; rather, the author believed that Effie may have been menstruating on her wedding night, and THAT was what made Ruskin flip out. While I understand how suddenly being confronted with bloodied rags might be problematic, not to mention a real boner-killer, one would have thought that his parents would have explained things in more detail to him prior to his marriage…

      (Oh, and hi, Trystan! I remember you from the alt.gothic.fashion days–I didn’t post very often, but I’ve always enjoyed your writings and costuming!)

      1. Lordy, those Victorian men & their hangups (tho’ I’m sure there are modern men with the same hangups, but hey, let’s just blame the Victorians for starting it all; it’s easy, lol). And glad to see some a.g.f.ers back around :)

  1. Ruskin later tried to marry another teenager suggesting he may have been an ephebephile, attracted to pubescents. The parents wrote to Effie and on her advice broke off the engagement.
    At least poor Effie got a happy ending with Millais.

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